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Dublin de­lights

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FOR sev­eral years af­ter the fi­nan­cial crash in 2008, Dublin felt as if it had been shut down at the mains, so it’s a re­lief that money has now pal­pa­bly re­turned to the city. The in­vest­ment of big IT busi­nesses around the Grand Canal Docks has cre­ated a pros­per­ous and cos­mopoli­tan dis­trict there. Tourists throng through Tem­ple Bar and its sur­rounds to the ac­com­pa­ny­ing sound of com­pet­ing Ir­ish folk bands. Af­ter about 5pm, it’s a doubt­ful priv­i­lege to watch hen par­ties come out in force as well.

Two long-stand­ing prob­lems have per­sisted through the re­vival of the city. The first is work on the tram network, which Dublin­ers seem largely to en­joy blam­ing for the sec­ond: traf­fic con­ges­tion. Far out­weigh­ing ei­ther prob­lem, how­ever, is what seems to be a grow­ing pop­u­lar in­ter­est in the his­toric fab­ric of Dublin. I was struck, for ex­am­ple, to see num­bers of pri­vate Ge­or­gian and Vic­to­rian houses in the process of restora­tion. It added to the il­lu­sion of the city rev­el­ling in its his­tory that there were nu­mer­ous tours on the theme of the Easter Ris­ing. They may have been driven around in dou­ble-decker buses, but they were led by char­ac­ters dressed in pe­riod cos­tume. JG

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