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21 reasons Dublin will always have a place in our hearts


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DUBLIN WAS HANDED a global travel award at the weekend, being named the favourite city of tourists from around the world.

But we don’t need that to appreciate it. At its best, Dublin is a wonderful place.

1. The view across the bay at sunset

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2. The warm and somehow welcoming fug in Grogans on a winter afternoon

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3. The smell as you pass the donut stand on O’Connell Street

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4. The young deer in the Phoenix Park at fawning season

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5. The razor-sharp local wit

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6. The fact that the most beautiful architecture turns up in the most unexpected places

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Like dingy Henrietta Street: off a four-lane traffic artery on the northside, falling apart, stunning.

7. The few old shops still left in the Liberties

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See also: Jas Fagan, Communion Tailor.*

8. The party in the chipper queue after closing time

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Everyone is equal when it comes to curry cheese chips.

9. The smell of the sea off the Liffey when the tide comes in

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Kinda manky. But… kinda nice.

10. The occasional moment of glorious community on Dublin Bus

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11. That feeling when you open the door to the Stag’s Head snug, and there’s nobody in there

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12. The sunshine on Dun Laoghaire pier with a 99

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13. The traces of the past you don’t see until you look up

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14. The tourists making a hames of the backward bicycle in Temple Bar

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15. The way the old, reliable Christmas lights might make you feel

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16. The insistence on having rhyming names for EVERYTHING

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17. The smell of the brewery, of course

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18. The wonderful Lady of the Northside

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19. The Forklift Gauntlet around the fruit markets in the early morning

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20. The Poolbeg towers as you land in the plane

21. And the way a single sunny day can turn the whole city upside down

*Update: Sadly, Larkin’s has now closed down too :(

More: Dublin has been named the ‘favourite city’ of travellers the world over>

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