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11 daily inconveniences all Dubliners must face

Where is the south side Penneys? Where is it?

WE LOVE DUBLIN. We really do. But it’s not perfect.

Living in Dublin, you’ll soon realise there certain annoyances you must face every day. Every. Single. Day.

The wide berth tourists give buskers on Grafton Street

Rule: If you’ve stopped to listen to a busker, you MUST stand at least 15ft away from them at all times.

Just get as far away as you can! Never mind the people trying to walk around you!

The fact that there is no Penneys south of the Liffey*

Penneys Shops Source: Eamonn Farrell/

*Unless you’re near Dundrum, Dun Laoghaire or Rathfarnham. Where are we to get tights? Or dry socks on the days it inevitably buckets down?

Hearing Time To Say Goodbye everywhere you go

22/12/2010. The Big Freeze Part 2 Source: Leon Farrell/

Is there more than one busker playing Time To Say Goodbye on the saxophone, or is he just able to be everywhere at once? We need answers!

“Hi, can I just stop you for a quick chat?”

23/1/2008 Concern Charity Sellers Source: Sasko Lazarov/


Wondering if you should chance crossing the road while the Luas has stopped

File photo: the National Transport Authority has big plans for Dublin Source: Sam Boal/

Who knows when it might go “DING DING, DING DING” and lurch into motion? We live for these thrills.

Seeing this

WHERE ARE THEY? WHO TOOK THEM? *turns to passerby* Was it YOU?

Arriving to popular lunch places just 11 seconds too late

Boojum. Marks & Spencer. Even the deli counter across the road. Eleven seconds earlier and you could have avoided the morass of heaving, starving bodies.

The numerous loose paving slabs that are primed to splash street juice on you at any time

loosepaving Source: Twitter/@jdk653

The paving slabs don’t care who you are. Rich, poor, old, young – you’re getting street-juiced.

That Moore Street fish smell

File photo: vote for Moore Street 'land swap' deal Source: Joanna Krolicka/

If you’re not ready for it, it can induce dry heaving. The trick is to always be ready.

Avoiding clumps of students outside the many city centre schools and colleges

SPANISH STUDENTS Source: Leon Farrell/

Just standing there, hugging each other and being students. All over the footpath. It’s a disgrace, Joe.

That corner. The Molly Malone corner. You know the one

22/08/2013. New LUAS line construction. The Molly Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

She’s been moved to Suffolk Street for now, but she’ll be back when the Luas works end. Back to clog up that corner with tourists again. *shakes fist*

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