"Great place - but not the real Ireland" Top 5 Page for this destination Dublin by sourbugger

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How Dublin can affect you

A story from the Sunday Times (31/8/03) I think neatly sums up the kind of affect that Dublin and its famous black liquid can have on people :


Three Italian tourist enjoyed a tour of the Guiness storehouse in Dublin and a meal on the first day of their holiday in ireland - and then forgot where they were staying. The three men spent two days sleeping in their hire car and searching for their guest house, where they had left their luggage, airline tickets and passports, before going to the police for help. A spokesman for the Garda said: "All they knew was that the accommodation might have had a green door, was on a main road and beside a school".

Another story about Dublin you may like is made-up, but it does have a certain truth to it about "Rip-off Ireland"

There has been much concern over the last few years about the cost of living in Ireland, it is now one of the highest in Europe. This disparity has become even more apparant with the advent of the Euro - making comparisons far easier to do. Levels of customer service can also leave something to be desired at times. This is especialy true in areas such as groceries, restaurants and other parts of the tourist industry.

This little story (as told to me by my Sister in law) may help to put it into some kind of perspective.

Paddy goes on holiday in Europe and decides to purchase a Donner Kebab.

The Kebab man takes a pitta bread and loads it up with good quality meat, packs it brim full of salad and hand it to Paddy, "That will be 2 euro please"

"2 Euro ?" says Paddy "That is so much better than back home "

"You Irish ?" asks the Kebab man, and with that he swipes the Kebab back, scapes out most of the meat and salad, gobs in it, and hands it back to Paddy.

"8 Euro"

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  • Pros:Guinness available
  • Cons:Guinness too available
  • In a nutshell:Great if you can avoid English stag nights
  • Last visit to Dublin: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Great page

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    tks for Phoenix Park. I often get caught just looking at a map, seeing a handy railway station... then find myself in no man's land. By the time I reach that Park, I'm sorry I bothered. Must get to Ireland though! :)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Hello, Neil! Thanks for your interesting and witty story! ><><><

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Lovely Dublin travel page! Dublin seems to be a great tourist destination. We certainly hope to visit the city one day. Thanks for your virtual tour with fascinating photographs. ~ho & pang

  • Jan 4, 2011 at 3:08 AM

    Yes its a great place

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Your tips will be a big help to me when I return to Dublin this year. I love that you are so honest in your comments. This could save me a lot of time. Thank you.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    You cover story rings true-at least for me. I had a "couple" one time and it is like a sedative drug, and bitter too-but you need to enjoy local culture-right? Great pictures and comments by you.

  • BeatChick's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Did you know Sinéad O'Connor used to serve at The Bad Ass Café? That's why I want to head there!! :D

  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Is that really 30kph?? That's 19mph!

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    What? This isn't the real Dublin either? You're right, the US embassy looks like a cheap Holiday Inn. Wonder if they have a two-person tub? You may fit six in one...but I take a lot of bath-room!


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