OUR IRE­LAND

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

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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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