What on EARTH is all the fuss about? Everyone I've ever spoken to (youngsters admittedly) bangs on about "the craic", or however you spell it. "The Liffy" this and "the Guinness" that. "Oh it's graand, you'll have a roight craic!".
Well b*llocks. I was there for two days recently and all I saw was a DUMP. Depressing grey stone buildings, some of the ugliest brutes you ever saw (including on the flight over and in the hotel WITHOUT EXCEPTION), dreadful taxis, appalling roads, non-stop smoking and the drinking... We drove from the airport to downtown on Sunday evening and, apart from there being more pubs than you could counts on all your fingers and toes, we saw THREE fights and one that had mercifully just finished. The only highlight was the financial buildings we were in the following day- at least we felt safe.
Flat Spin, you're obviously a boring a**hole. If you're there for a good time, it's a great place to go. tell me, did you actually try some of the local pubs, did you go out to eat?
I can say exactly the same thing about London pal, I was in Leicester Square one evening last May and there was the biggest street brawl I've ever seen. And outside "fashionable" London? What a kip! Huge tower blocks and grey boring suburbs. And next time try going to a game of GAA or Soccer, you'll be surprised, there are no mounted police, seperated fans sections or neo-nazi skinheads looking to take your head off.
Don't insult other peoples hometowns if yours isn't up to much either. People in glass houses etc.....
(Now if you were from Sydney, then it would be another matter!)
Location: half way between the gutter and the stars.
I have to agree...I quite like Dublin actually, not a big fan of London though. Been to a couple of cracking resteraunts in Dublin which REALLY impressed the ladies I went with. Went once with my brother too and got him nailed at the Guiness Brewery...yeah..nice enough place. Far better than London
I think Dublin roads are a joke. All I wanted to do was get onto the N11 south. could I find a sign? could I b ry! Two hours spent driving around the outskirts of Dublin was not my idea of fun. Such a shame as the road signs around the rest of Ireland are pretty good. Big thanks go to the workmen who told me to head for Dun Laoghaire or I'd still be there now.
well, coming from Dublin but not living there anymore, I cannot agree with FlatSpin more. Someone sent me a link to this thread thinking I'd be offended but alas that's not the case anymore. I was there last weekend and everything he/she mentioned is true - the roads are crap, the place is gray and totally unkept looking, the people are generally rude, the price of stuff is crazy, i don't want to depress myself anymore. On the plus side, it's home and where most of my friends live. Also whatever about the women, Irish men in general are pretty good-looking - thank heaven for small mercies - or is that miracles??
Location: Out of the sand pit, carving a path through our jungle.
Can't agree that Dublin is a dump, as has been mentioned, most cities will have punch-ups etc. Perhaps you've never been to Birmingham?
It IS expensive though. try out to the west, agree that Galway is one great place, and there are enough pubs in Ennis to satisfy anyone's needs, and a punch-up is hardly ever seen! If you really want to see a good tangle, try Limerick (or Stab City as it's known!)
This pops up every so often, doesn't it? I do think peopl do hype Dublin up into something more than it really is. Sure, great pubs (who hasn't heard somebody rave on about Temple Bar?), great drink, great craic etc.............but the actual city isn't the cleanest (but then same could be said for a few European cities). The roadwork last time I was there was a pain in the @ss. Prices are a little high, especially since the Euro came in. I do like the Tokyo analogy, it's very true of Dublin.
Big votes for Galway. Really nice part of the world.