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We asked a selection of people in Dublin to tell us about their favourite places around the country

- Words: Julia Marcantoni­o and Amy McMahon | Photos: Zoe Conway and Ellie MacLean

We talk to a selection of people in Dublin about their favourite places around the country.

ELIZABETH KEYES LAOIS

I love Kerry, it’s a really nice place. Killarney in particular is very vibrant. Reidy’s pub is a great one to go to; there’s always a great vibe. And you can’t beat the Ring of Kerry! STEPHEN LYNCH DUBLIN

I go up to the Dublin Mountains at the weekends – I roam around on my own there for a while and get my thoughts together. All of Wicklow is lovely really. My dad’s from Wicklow, so I go down there quite a bit – well, when the weather’s nicer in the summer. LUC AS GABRIEL BRAZIL

I love the nature here in Ireland. I live in Dún Laoghaire and I love the scenery around it – it’s great being by the coast. I also love hiking in the Wicklow Mountains, it’s so beautiful and peaceful. JESS BRENNAN DUBLIN

The best thing about Ireland is the craic, because it can’t be found anywhere else in the world – Ireland is a one-of-a-kind sort of place. The warmth and energy here in Dublin is different than in any other city in the world. Rosslare is another place I love – I used to go there when I was younger with all my cousins. We’d party on the beach and make bonfires and it was always a buzz.lly lovely cake as well, the best in the city. GRÁINNE DUFFY GL ASGOW

My favourite place is the northwest coast – I absolutely love it. I’m from Glasgow, but my family are from Donegal. It’s such a nice place to go and visit. It’s just very free there, it’s heavenly. m, with a trad band playing in it. Fantastic. JUN MA CHINA

My favourite place is the Phoenix Park. It’s a great place to walk around, and it’s also nice to cycle through on a sunny day.

JAMIE THORNTON MONAGHAN Galway’s fun. It’s a city, but it’s more like a small town. Eyre Square is nice and there’s heaps of restaurant­s – Ard Bia is really nice. Also, I went to art college, so galleries are my thing, and there are a few nice ones in Galway. I like it in Dublin too, and at the minute I’m obsessed with the pizza place, Sano, in Temple Bar. It’s so good! KIM BUIN VIETNAM

I always recommend the tombs at

Newgrange in County Meath. It’s a prehistori­c monument and it’s older than the pyramids in Egypt, which is so cool. Every year, on the shortest day of the year, you can see the sun align over the passage of the tomb, which is amazing. You can learn a lot of history there. JADE QUINN DROGHEDA

The best thing about Ireland is the food scene, especially around Dublin. I love that it isn’t tied down to one certain kind of cuisine. One of my favourite places is The Port House. It’s a really cute, intimate tapas bar that seats maybe 20 or 30 people at the most. It’s a lovely little place and eating there always feels special. MIHAI MAR DUBLIN

I like Dublin city. It’s small, it’s cute. This new bubble tea shop opened up recently, Chewbrew, which I really like. Little cafés like that are really nice. I haven’t gone out in a while, but when I do, the George on a Wednesday is always good. There’s a good creative scene here too. SAOIRSE O’REILLY DUBLIN

I’m fond of Loughshinn­y Beach in Dublin. If I get the chance, I go there once a month. You can’t get the bus or train there, so it’s a good walk. If it’s sunny, I’ll go for a swim, then sit there and have a nice rollie and some time to myself! LOUISA GOELER GERMANY

I haven’t been to many places in Ireland apart from Dublin – but I love everything about Dublin. It’s such a small town, but it has so much pop culture. It’s very different to a big city like Berlin. Everything seems so much cuter, I guess. I love the stone houses and all of the old buildings. I like exploring and going to different parks like St. Stephen’s Green. Even though it’s quite small, there’s always something you’ve never seen before.

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