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21 alternative landmarks all northside Dubliners should know

There’s more to DNS than just the cemetery y’know.

IN CASE YOU hadn’t heard, there a dedicated bus tour of Dublin’s North Side in the works.

The new route will take tourists to Croke Park, The Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery, aka all the usual tourist spots.

However, every northside Dubliner knows their side of the city is dotted with less well-known places of interest.

Here are just 21 lovely landmarks that could definitely be added to the route.

1. Des Kelly’s Carpets

Source: Facebook

The one that replaced the Silver Skate will never be forgiven.

2. Caffé Caira

Source: Google Maps

No walk along Howth Pier is complete without those wonderful chips.

3. Quinns

Source: Google Streetview

Always packed on match days.

4. The Wooden Bridge

Source: Flickr

Nothing says ‘a day at the beach’ like that sight on the Clontarf seafront.

5. Tamangos

Source: TripAdvisor

And failing that, the site of The Grove in Raheny or the long-forgotten Barcode down at Westwood Gym in Fairview.

6. The Blessington Street Basin

Source: Flickr

A tiny slice of heaven in the middle of all the madness.

7. The Fruit and Veg Markets on St. Michan’s Street

Source: Flickr

Where do you think all those fancy Dublin restaurants get their greens? A trip down good old Moore Street wouldn’t go amiss either.

8. Clery’s Clock

Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The BEST place to meet on O’Connell Street.

9. Cross Guns Snooker Hall

Source: Google Maps

Hidden down by the banks of the canal.

10. Dalymount Park

Source: Wikimedia

They used to hold UEFA Champions League qualifiers and FAI cup finals there you know? Tolka Park is another one you could probably add to the list.

11. The last Ballymun tower block

Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

All the others may be gone but there’s still one left, for now.

12. The old Clontarf baths

Source: Wikimedia

They’re still there somewhere behind all those trees.

13. Drumcondra Railway Bridge

Source: Wikimedia

Just what you need on the way home from the airport.

14. The Cadbury Factory

Source: Wikimedia

Coolock’s chocolate heaven, just beside the old Tayto plant, and only a few minutes up the road from good old UCI.

15. Northside Shopping Centre

Source: Google Maps

Not forgetting The Omni, Artane Castle or Phibsborough now mind you.

16. Maureen’s in Stoneybatter

Source: Google Maps

Just one shining example of the city’s iconic newsagents and corner shops.

17. The Gravediggers

Source: Photocall Ireland

Sure there’d be uproar if this North Dublin institution wasn’t included.

18. The Hungry Tree at King’s Inns

Source: Flickr

This natural phenomenon speaks for itself.

19. St Mary’s on Mountjoy Street aka The Black Church

Source: Wikimedia

Walking anti-clockwise with your eyes closed, two or three times around the church at midnight, reciting the ‘Hail Mary’ backwards will summon the Devil, apparently.

20. The Carlton Cinema

Source: Wikimedia

An old gem left to fade away behind an endless list of 3 and 4D movies. There once was a time when you could peek in the windows and see nothing but red carpet for miles.

21. That railway bridge over the Liffey

Source: Google Maps

An ad so perfect, they could never EVER remove it.

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