200 Reasons Not To Leave Dublin

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The Irish are a nation of emigrants. After a brief respite, we’re back to boats and planes as vehicles for careers and lives. But Dublin’s still a great place to live, regardless of how small it might seem or how long the dole queue is. In March 1984, InDublin magazine provided two hundred reasons for the city’s denizens not to leave its dreary streets and, after Brand New Retro brought it back to our attention, we felt like it might be a good idea to update for a new generation about to make a big decision.

1. Chipper chips

There is nothing in the world that can replicate the salivation, nostalgia and vinegar coughs that assault you when you smell that bag of chips.

2. Vincent Browne

There are no-nonsense, bullshit-filtering political interviewers, and then there’s Vincent Browne, scowling at Martin McGuinness from behind a pile of books and calling Dylan Haskins Declan intentionally on live TV.

3. Deli counters

Deli counters exist in other countries, but they do not sell entire greasy breakfasts in baguettes. Irish on-the-go cuisine meets the needs of the hungover populace.

4. Pints of Guinness

Wait for it. Watch it swirl around. Grow a moustache, so that when it’s finally settled, you can dip it into the creamy head, sip and then give your opinion on the pint in the specific establishment in which you’re sat. There is a difference, you insist.

5. The Iveagh Gardens

The only city centre park that seems to enforce some kind of nebulous door policy, the Iveagh Gardens are the other good thing the Guinness family gave to the city.

6. Temperate climate

It might be too wet all the time, but it’s never too hot or too cold, really. Your skin can’t take the sun anyway.

7. Your family

Your family live here and they will be really unhappy if you move far away.

8. Croke Park

This country has an 82,000 seat stadium devoted to a set of sports that your primary school teacher used to play at the highest level. Appreciate that.

9. David Norris

In 1992, homosexuality was illegal in this country. Now it’s not. David Norris, whether or not he enticed you to vote for him, is a rare sort of public figure.

10. Culchiedom

If you are from Dublin, you live your life around the tacit fact that you are superior to people from the country by birth. If you leave Ireland, no-one will care.

11. Burritos  

Okay, they have burritos everywhere, but they’re probably full of fancy stuff and complications. Stick to Boojum, Pablo Picante and Burritos & Blues.

12. Statues with derisory names

It’s difficult to imagine any piece of public art in Dublin that wouldn’t be mercilessly bullied by the citizens. If the Lady Liberty was here, it’d be called The Clown In The Crown.

13. Banter with the Gardaí

It’s possible to get out of trouble for most minor crimes by simply acting as if you’re friends with the person who’s supposed to be charging you. Now head straight home lads alright?

14. James Joyce

They read Joyce in every corner of the world, but they lack the option to actually stroll around in the footsteps of the characters. Do it when it’s not Bloomsday so you’re not surrounded by 70 year olds cosplaying Buck Mulligan.

15. Vikings

Dublin was founded by angry Norsemen who needed somewhere to park their boats for the winter so they could rest up for another summer of stealing gold and burning monasteries. That’s way cooler than pilgrims.

16. Common hatred of Bono

Not only do people in other countries often consider Bono to be a talented, respectable superstar, they actually presume that you do too. But your fellow citizens know the truth.

17. Jedward

They might be lunatics, but they are our lunatics.

18. Rugby

In Ireland, our team are proud, manly warriors staring the best in the world in the face with no shame. Elsewhere, they do not know what rugby is.

19. Alcoholism

You drink way too much, and there’s actually serious social stigma attached to that in other countries, on top of the negative stereotypes you’d be reinforcing.

20. Bodytonic

Whether it’s free pizza served from a double-decker bus or filling-loosening sub bass you’re looking for, Bodytonic is looking after your needs. The Shaw and the Twisted Pepper are the cool bars you’re trying to emigrate to hang out in.

21. The Golden Age Of Irish Music

It might be the recession or it might be the fact that every teenager in the country was bought an instrument during the Celtic Tiger. Either way, homegrown bands have stopped worrying about major label deals and started doing something special.

22. Watching live television while on Twitter

As a nation of begrudgers, there’s no better medium for us to unleash pithy remarks at a rate of three per minute without getting punched than Twitter, whether X-Factor or World Cup.

23. Conradh na Gaeilge

Genuine gaeilgeoirí dúchais do still exist, and they’re sitting in a dimly lit corner of the Conradh bar on Harcourt Street. Rumours of 8am table-dancing lock-ins unconfirmed.

24. Never far from green space

If you choose a direction and drive for twenty minutes, you’re likely to encounter livestock, regardless of where you are. Dublin is a good city for agoraphobes.

25. Salted butter

The disappointing, colourless slop that passes for butter in every other country in the world is a disgrace to bread.

26. A proper fry

There are occasions on which nothing else will do but exactly the type of fry-up your mother used to make. To go without proper rashers and sausages is to risk loss of sanity.

27. Asian karaoke

It’s now possible to make for Capel Street and Parnell Street to drink Korean beer and scream the words to Get Low in a small, private booth with your friends. Death to the karaoke MC.

28. Screen Cinema

Almost all of the legacy cinemas in Dublin are gone, but the Screen on Hawkins Street is still representing hard for the non-film school, anti-multiplex movie experience with throwback series and no attempt to bump you up to “premium” seats.

29. Dublin football team

It took a very long time, but we did indeed win the Sam Maguire last year. To turn your back on your countymen in their year of jubilation would be treason.

30. The idea of Coppers

It doesn’t matter that it’s actually a sardine tin full of creeps. Coppers is a word that connotes a novel worth of meaning about teachers, nurses and good Catholic marriage.

31. The Docklands

Representative of Tiger folly in some respects, the Square’s rapid red and green lights, the Theatre, and some really awesome cafes are still a huge improvement over burnt-out mattresses on Misery Hill.

32. Referring to politicians by their first name

You’ve never met Michael D. Higgins, despite his claims to have known your father, but that doesn’t mean you’re ever going to stop calling him Michael D.

33. RAGE

With a big, often renewed stock of secondhand vinyl, old school consoles and games for machines that were obsolete before you were born, the Record and Games Emporium on Fade Street is a shop you never knew you needed. But you did.

34. Saying Paddy rather than Patty when referring to St. Patrick’s Day

Are you really going to allow them to insult the honour of our semi-historic Roman-Welsh patron saint by referring to him by a woman’s name?

35. No snakes

Paddy chased away the snakes that you might lie in longish grass on sunny days without risking death.

36. TG4

Free from the constraints of having to actually please a large audience, TG4 showed both The Wire and the OC first and have a good line in forgotten classic movies. Also, an endless supply of attractive female newsreaders.

37. Laser

The reason a sizeable portion of film aficionados haven’t abandoned DVD rentals, its staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and total movie geeks, and its Trash shelf is full of B-Movie gold.

38. Ranelagh Village

Only a ramble from the city centre, Ranelagh greedily has at least 4 outlets offering the best coffee in Dublin, and there’s no such thing as a bad restaurant along the stretch.

39. Fixx Coffeehouse/The Bald Barista

The former is as homely a café as you’ll find in one of the city’s busiest locations, while the latter affords you opportunities to look cultured to backpackers as you attempt to gain access to their Avalon House bunk-beds.

40. Joe Macken’s food empire

With Jo’Burger, Crackbird, Bear, and Skinflint all in his portfolio, Macken knows how to build a restaurant’s buzz and, more importantly, how to fill your tummy beyond healthy levels.

41. Asia Market

Drury Street’s pan-Asian super-shop is full of all kinds of mental vegetables, medicinal-strength Red Bull, and really sweet shop assistants.

42. The Flea Market

There’s a smorgasbord of really scary car boot sales around town, but if you’re weak of disposition Newmarket’s monthly flea is a serious trove of vintage, tat and treasure.

43. David O’Doherty

Every Dublin generation has a wit to be proud of, and DO’D is ours.

44. Chuggers

They can be the bane of your morning’s walk to work, but remember they’re doing Actually Good Work (and they’ll compliment you loads if you talk to them for five minutes).

45. Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge

The pseudo-classical ruins shouldn’t work, but there’s something affecting about the Memorial Gardens, and even if you’re not into the contemplative space, there’s always canoe-watching down by the river.

46. Phoenix Park

Walk your dog, go deer-spotting, play football or Frisbee, roll down the Pope’s Cross while shouting “such happiness I have never seen”, hang around the American embassy until men in sunglasses move you on. The possibilities are endless.

47. Salmon

There are now salmon in three rivers in Dublin, the Liffey, the Dodder and the Tolka. There are no salmon in any other capital city in the EU.

48. Rubberbandits

Horse Outside went viral in America too, but you get that they were laughing at us rather than with us, right?

49. The Church

Sinéad O’Connor basically made a career out of complaining about the oppressiveness of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2011, she looked like a fool for harping on about it, because we’re finally free.

50. Polish things

The arrival of Polish people, with their good genes and Irish-compatible personalities, led to decent cheap beer and a whole shops worth of stuff that seem like they might be worth a try at least.

51. TV License Inspectors

The word on the street is that TV License inspectors can’t actually come into your house without being invited. Do with this information what you will.

52. National Leprechaun Museum

The only way to make leprechauns acceptable was to reclaim them from the Americans, which we have done by setting up a museum of folklore and fun on Jervis Street complete with a room full of giant furniture.

53. Jokes about Bebo

Hah! Funny picture! Put that on your Bebo, man.

54. St. Kevin’s Park

Sitting in behind Whelans on Wexford Street, there’s a little park around the ruins of St. Kevin’s Church. It’s full of gravestones and it’s quiet, so if you must write terrible poetry, there’s nowhere better.

55. Sound pigeons

Dublin’s pigeons are manageable in number and well-fed enough not to feel like it’s necessary to swarm you for the purposes of intimidating that sandwich out of your hand. They don’t even look that mangy.

56. Stephen’s Green on a sunny day

For centuries, tired city folk have taken to the grass in Stephen’s Green to rest and take in the warmth. There is no better feeling.

57. Trinity College

Forget about the Book of Kells. Turn left before the Dining Hall in Front Square for a tiny cemetery full of ghosts, or ask permission to see St. Patrick’s Well, Gaelic Ireland’s third holiest site, in the Provost’s Garden. Or just drink cans at the Pav.

58. Cheeky kids

If a child on a bike tells you they like your hair, that means that they think your hair looks stupid and that you are an idiot. The city’s children are amongst the world’s most sarcastic.

59. Flann O’Brien

One of the few Irish authors that didn’t just give up and move somewhere else, Flann would have been 100 this year if he’d been immortal. People are finally starting to notice that he’s one of the best writers ever.

60. Taxi driver conversations

Okay, these are usually terrible, but there is one taxi driver in Dublin genuinely mad at the bassist from Aslan for pretending to be psychobilly in Comet Records in the 80s. Ask about it in every taxi you’re in until you find him.

61. Tipping

Conveniently, tipping is at least nominally optional in pretty much every scenario in this country. That means that you can just decide not to do it.

62. Knowing the beggar’s pitch

“Excuse me, can I ask you something? I’m not a junkie or anything, I don’t even drink, I’m just a few euro short for the bus back to Carlow.” You’ve probably never even been to Carlow, mate.

63. Getting your news from the Metro Herald

Its news is simplified to the extent that it’s possible to digest it at 7.30am on a jammed public transport vehicle, and it always has funny animal pictures. It’s like the internet in a free newspaper.

64. Low risk of invasion

Historically, neither the Romans nor the Germans were bothered putting any real thought into invading us even as they tried to take over the entire world. Island living can come in handy.

65. Liveline

You can actually ring the national radio broadcaster and be put on air to ask the owner of the black Labrador in the playground in Termonfeckin to come collect him. Joe Duffy is the people’s champion.

66. The word ‘grand’

Whatever it is, it doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to be barely of sufficient quality to be fit for purpose. It’ll be grand.

67. No ironic sports jerseys

Chances are, if you see someone in Dublin wearing a jersey, they’re genuinely a fan. That dude in Williamsburg wearing a Larry Bird throwback Celtics jersey? Not so sure.

68. Ideology is distasteful

Unlike, say, continental Europe, where the political parties are obviously distinguishable by the fact that they actually just put the word “right” of “left” in their names, Irish people abhor ideology. There are bad sides to this, but it does mean we have no organised racist right.

69. Urinating on the street

Although it is technically illegal, everyone agrees that urinating on the street is in fact completely fine so long as you’re at least a little bit discreet. Ever tried it in New York? It’s not fine.

70. Lax door policies

Clubs actually want you to attend them, for the most part, so it doesn’t actually matter that you’re wearing a bin bag and a pair of sandals as long as you buy a few pints.

71. Moore Street

Though now also home to types of food and merchandise that were presumed imaginary in this part of the world until recently, Moore Street’s still vibrant as ever. Rumour has it the same woman has been selling fish there for 200 years.

72. Gaff Parties

The country’s arseways licensing laws may mean our nightlife pales by comparison of other European capitals, but that 9.55pm rush to the offo often inspires the most chaotic of housebound alternatives. Chances are half your mates will roll up by 5 a.m. without you having even invited them.

73. The girls are so pretty

Though apparently susceptible to fever, the women of Dublin are celebrated in the songs of old for their lovely visages. The men are probably handsome too.

74. Merrion Square mound

There’s a large, obviously man-made, rectangular mound in the park in Merrion Square. It turns out it covers a wartime bunker, which is better than our guess, pagan temple.

75. Wexford strawberries

The science behind it is still vague, but it’s observable fact that the best strawberries in the world are grown in Wexford and to be procured by the side of a motorway.

76. Packing

If you emigrated, you’d have to pack. You’d probably forget something.

77. 3FE

Did you know the best coffee you’ll get in all of the world is available in the foyer of our foremost nightclub? Colin Harmon’s experiment in educating our Nescafé-spoiled tastebuds is part of a coffee culture explosion that makes us seem way more cosmopolitan than we are.

78. St. Michan’s

Under a very old church in Smithfield lies a complex of burial vaults containing 12th century mummies, aristocratic grandees and other corpses of note. Also in the graveyard, allegedly, Emmet’s unmarked resting place.

79. Not that much knife crime

You don’t seem to hear that many stories of young lads stabbing people with no motive in Dublin, which is cool.

80. Why Go Bald sign Along with the video screen showing ads above Centra, the Why Go Bald sign on Dame Lane is part of Ireland’s Times Square, asking us all an important question nightly with its neon glow.

81. When the street pattern works

Looking down Capel Street towards City Hall or down Mount Street towards the Pepper Canister, it’s hard not to find Dublin beautiful, even in the rain.

82. Smell of hops from the Guinness factory

It might be owned by a faceless corporation now, but Guinness has been making its area of the city smell in a curious and unique way for 250 years.

83. The Abbey

It’s been a legend ever since Yeats’ dad stood up and called Ireland a land of “plaster saints” during the Playboy of the Western World fracas, and though it’s less controversial now, it’s still important for more than being living history.

84. Charity Shop Mile

From the junction of Georges Street and Dame Street up to Portobello, there’s a plethora of shops full of old clothes, books and records. The price is right, even if the original owner is dead.

85. Wall & Keogh

Thanks to this tea-leaf apothecary, there’s a viable alternative to pub socializing. Try some maté in this Portobello establishment and lose two hours of your life.

86. Natural History Museum

In some countries, museums of natural history have dinosaurs and dazzling audio-visual exhibits. Ours is a big hall full of faded taxidermy, but the pathos is irresistible.

87. Films filmed in Dublin

Glen Hansard getting his fiver robbed in Once, Wilson Pickett’s car stopping beside the band on the quays in The Commitments, the bus rolling through Finglas in Intermission. You’ve been to these places.

88. Pedestrianised areas

Once upon a time it was impossible to lollygag around the middle of Grafton Street without the risk of being run over by a car, but then they made it pedestrian only. Now you can move with your own pace and trajectory.

89. Ethical farming

The meat and dairy industries in Ireland, despite an apparent absence of any real public sentiment on the matter, operate to the high international standards of ethics, so you can feel better about your steak.

90. The Marys

For twenty-one years, from 1990 until 2011, Ireland’s head of state was a woman. That’s still pretty impressive by international standards, even if we fall down elsewhere.

91. The Dodder Rhino

The owners of the Dropping Well in Milltown deny any responsibility for the metal rhino statue that showed up in the Dodder beside their pub a few years ago, but he’s definitely there.

92. Howth Hill Few cities have their own little wilderness like this, punctuated by rope swings repaired a million times.

93. Blackberry picking

Eat more of them than you collect. Anywhere along the DART line usually has loads.

94. Dollymount beach Christmas swim

Jump in the sea with old people who’ve done it since forever. Then it’s free hot whiskey wrapped in your towel!

95. Dublin Bikes

The city swapped some advertising space for them, now there’s shrewd thinking.

96. Horses

The carriages at Stephen’s Green, youngfellas on those chariot things in the Liberties and that guy who still delivers coal on a cart.

97. Temple Bar

OK sure, it’s often teeming with tourists, but at least they’re all kept in one place

98. The streetlights on Merrion Square

The council has kept a living record of all the styles of streetlight in the city’s history around Merrion Square. Beautiful.

99. Chester Beatty Library

Sir Alfred “King of Copper” Chester Beatty’s collection of rare books and manuscripts is one of the finest in the world, and is open to the public in his library, located within the grounds of Dublin Castle.

100. Jambons

These are the savoury pastry mittens of cold winter nights, acting as handwarmers as you scurry along the streets. The perfect size for a wee munch between pubs, or on your way home, they can be found in literally every hot-food counter in Dublin. Best eaten when slightly inebriated.

101. Toasties in Grogan’s –

It would be too hard to know that this comfort of all comforts was not within walking distance. Paired with a creamy pint of Guinness, it’s the dinner of Kings, Queens and high-functioning alcoholics.

102. Banter with Auld Ones

Do older folk in other countries chat as easily to youngsters as they seem to do here? For example, during our snowy spell last year I slipped a bit on some ice, prompting a very old and toothless man nearby to trill “Don’t be fallin’ for me, love!”

103. The Cop On Forcefield

No matter how hipstery we might get, there’ll always be someone on hand to bring us back down to reality. A genuinely useful form of begrudgery.

104. Canal cans

Not exactly wine on the banks of the Seine but it has its own charm.

105. The North-South divide

What other city can boast such a humorous divide by a mere cross of a river? From peaked caps worn at 45* angles to jager chugging rugby boys, you might just miss ’em if you up sticks.

106. Father Ted

If you stay on our green shores you’ll never have to deal with that disappointing look of bewilderment when you reference cocaine cake.

107. Christmas Toy Show

There’s scarcely anything better for Yuletide cheer than donning your best geansai nollaig for this well established institution.

108. Packages Ih Cripps

Producing some our childhood favorite crisps in ways you would never experience anywhere else: Banshee Bones, Hot Lips and Monster Munch. Tayto and King still slay gourmet competition.

109. Club Rock Shandy and Red Lemonade

You’d never know you missed them until that faint pang returns and you realise you’re surrounded by european water bottles with varying levels of fizz in them.

110. The Nitelink

Probably one of the only night buses in the world where you can be united in a chant with every single passenger on the way home.

111. Pedestrian disregard for bicycles

Cycling is healthy and admirable from an environmental standpoint, but the constant risk of having your flank annihilated by a biker bombing down the European “cycle lane” you’re meandering in is no joke. Cyclists (resentfully) know their place here.

112. The Shamrock Rovers renaissance

After a dark period of being called “homeless bastards” at every away match, Rovers beat Partisan Belgrade and got to invite the mighty Tottenham Hotspur to their new home. It was a proud day for Ireland, and a proud day for Tallaght.

113. The chance to correct your vote in referendums

The government didn’t physically threaten you into actually reading the literature the first time, so it’s their fault you voted the wrong way. You deserve another chance.

114. National Museum

The Kildare Street arm of the National Museum contains a record of Ireland’s material culture from the stone age up till the Adventus Anglorum, featuring a dazzling array of gold objects.

115. National Gallery

Visit the building that Colm Tóibín considers the most beautiful place in Dublin to view monumental eschatological works and Mass In A Connemara Cabin.

116. Mini-Galleries Abound

While our array of national and hugely-Arts-Council-subsidised galleries offer visitors a glance into Irish culture, the work of the little guys – spots like Monster Truck, Mother’s Tankstation, and Block T remind us on a monthly basis that artistic expression flows through our blood.

117. Glasnevin Cemetery

The final repose of 1.1 miliion Dubliners features the graves of everyone from Brendan Behan to de Valera and Collins to the blind bard of the Liberties himself, Zozimus.

118. Sheridans Cheesemongers

The French have a thousand types of cheese, but they never got around to inventing Cashel Blue or any of the other fine Irish cheeses stocked in this near-institution.

119. O’Connell Street statuary

From Charles Stewart Parnell wearing two overcoats to William Smith O’Brien, whose plinth calls him a traitor in English and a martyr in Irish, the centre of O’Connell Street is Ireland’s great kilometre of public art.

120. Fair City

It is in art that we truly discover ourselves and, in the trials and tribulations of the salty, less salty and obviously nouveau riche of Carrigstown, we find a mirror.

121. Rocque’s map

Sir John Rocque’s map of Dublin, drawn in 1756, illustrates the city rebuilt from its medieval roots, prepared to become the Second City of the Empire. Have fun spotting streets that are no longer there.

122. Dalkey Island

With habitation going from the Stone Age through hermit monks to medieval markets, Vikings, a Martello tower and eventually a herd of wild goats, Dalkey Island’s full of history and an excuse for a boat trip.

123. Donnybrook Fair

The term ‘donnybrook’ in the English language refers to “a scene of uproar and disorder”, because of the amount of fights that broke out at the market there in olden times. Starting rows in the modern artisan supermarket is not advisable though.

124. BYOB gigs

The kind of people in bands are the kind of people who probably can’t bear the financial burden of pub-price pints every time they play, so places like The Joinery in Stoneybatter stepped up to provide a space for cheap can-drinking and head-bopping.

125. Arthur’s Day

We know it’s a marketing scam, but it is an admittedly ingenious one, and it leads to a day of the year where every pub in the city is filled with enthusiastic people

126. People’s houses on the Luas Green Line

Anybody with any sense wanted them to build an underground, because undergrounds are cool, but they didn’t. On the plus side, though, our metropolitan transit lets us see into people’s gardens and kitchen windows.

127. Dublin Mountains

Watch the mountains in the distance on a clear day as you come southbound into town or, even better, watch the city (or the sea) from Three Rock in the mountains.

128. Grafton Street before Christmas

It’s full of countryfolk and confused parents, no doubt, but only the hardest of heart could deny a certain beauty in the glint of the draped lights through foggy breath as couples walk arm-in-arm. Ahem.

129. Henry St before Christmas

Conversely, full of children and stalls, Henry Street in the darkest days of the year isn’t particularly romantic, but there’s something satisfying about haggling over your deal for multiple selection boxes.

130. Sea salt and brown bread ice cream from Murphy’s

Ireland’s humble milch cow is responsible for a lot of the item’s here. Full credit to Murphy’s of Exchequer St. and elsewhere for running with that and turning it into unlikely, delicious ice cream though.

131. Ireland changes without you

It might seem that, as Joyce had a tendency to implied, Ireland is locked in stasis, running in circles rather than forward. But if you go, it will not wait for you. The city in your mind is a snapshot, not a living place.

132. The Hideout House

Hidden away off the North Circular Road on Campbell’s Row, the Hideout House is in the tradition of the housing estate pub, set into a big house, but it’s lively, unpretentious and it provides free sandwiches after Dublin matches.

133. Big Monster Love

The only Dublin indie pop act with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Irish folk music, Big Monster Love’s odes to Swords and sweets sung in a sonorous northside accent make him the de facto poet laureate.

134. Jumping in the Liffey for a bet

You’ve thought about doing it, but until a possibly mitching Leon took the 50 euro wager and put the results on Youtube, you lacked the inspiration to do anything about it. Remember though: it’s freezing, obviously, it’s water.

135. Dunsink Observatory

On the first and third Wednesday of every month it’s possible to visit one of Ireland’s oldest scientific institutions and look at the stars the way they were meant to be seen – through a huge telescope beside a dump.

136. Ringing the bells in Christchurch

The guided tour of Dublin’s millennium-old cathedral features the opportunity to ring its bells under supervision, and if you just want to play the hunchback, all you need to do is email ringingmaster@cccdub.ie and ask.

137. Pubs that are institutions

Kehoe’s on Anne Street, the Long Hall on Aungier Street, Mulligans on Poolbeg Street, the Palace Bar on Fleet Street. Each unique in its own right, and each better than any pub in any other country. Science fact.

138. Windsurfing

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dublin Bay is a great place to go windsurfing on a squally day. Go to Dollymount and look out for international star Mikey Clancy, who’s there most days flying through the air as you paddle past.

139. Botanic Gardens

If you really must be in a tropical climate, the Botanic (or, colloquially, Botanical) Gardens in Glasnevin afford you the opportunity to lounge in the jungle-like glasshouses along with the cat who seems to never be awake.

140. The Ha’penny Bridge

The best way to cross the Liffey on foot, the 1816 cast-iron bridge was iconic long before Phil Lynott walked over in the Old Town video. If you can’t use the Ha’penny Bridge itself, then the adjacent, boring Millennium Bridge provides a good view.

141. The Science Gallery

If you stopped learning things when you were 24, one visit to the Trinity-outskirt living museum will reinitiate your education. Consistently manages to host imaginative, sometimes yucky exhibits.

142. Poker

For some reason, poker became the national pastime in the last decade or so. Arrive sober at 3am to collect money from reckless drunks in the Fitzwilliam Card Club or the Voodoo on Arran Quay.

143. Irish Yeast Company

Need to buy yeast? Buy it from 11.30-1.30 at the Irish Yeast Company, which has been confusing people on College Street with its apparent lack of financial viability since time immemorial

144. North Great Georges Street

The jewel of Dublin’s northside Georgian quarter is home to Mr. Norris and, according to commentator Jim Ross in what seems bizarrely specific for American television, the birthplace of former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.

145. Seagulls

They’re taking over. Whether bullying pigeons in Trinity or pretending to be ducks in Stephen’s Green, seagulls have decided that tourist leftovers belong to them.

146. Jewish Quarter

Portobello was once the home of the Jewish community in Ireland. Since providing Israel with its sixth president, Chaim Herzog, the population waned, but the Bretzl Bakery on Lennox Street and the museum at the South Circular Road keep the memory alive.

147. Music Hall

In what is basically Ireland’s only claim to fancy classical music credibility, Georg Friedrich Handel debuted his Messiah in the Great Music Hall on Fishamble Street. It’s gone now, but there are celebrations every April in commemoration.

148. Black Church

Rooted perhaps in fear of Protestantism, there is a myth that walking three times around the Black Church (around the corner from Mountjoy Street) will have you face to face with the devil. Decide what you want for your soul in advance.

149. Toilet of Pintxos

The tapas are delicious, no doubt, but the real reason to visit is to pay a visit to the absurdly opulent toilets, all scarlet and gold. Being “on the throne” is not a euphemism in Pintxos bathroom.

150. Toilets of everywhere else

Seán Ó Faoláin once claimed that the short story was the medium of the Irish. He is wrong, of course. The medium of the Irish is the door and wall of the toilet cubicle, where the drunken poets of the nation conduct their salons.

151. IMMA

Aside from the ever-changing, impressive collection of modern art in its confines, the buildings and wonderfully designed gardens of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainhaim are reason enough to visit.

152. Georges Street Launderette

It’s December. You’re wet as an otter’s pocket and colder than a nun’s something or other. FYL. FYL. FYL. Then, halfway up Georges Street, a motherly hug of warm air and just-ironed shirt scent embraces you. The best 2 second blast of wind you could hope for.

153. Wax Museum criers

Employed by the Wax Museum beside Bank of Ireland College Green to rope in tourists and passers-by, the jaunty hats and period costume of the Wax Museum criers all but demand that you speak to them in olde-timey fashion. Expect them to respond in kind.

154. Traditional Japanese throat singer

No-one knows where he came from, or what he’s doing there, or even if he’s definitely a man, but the person in East Asian costume scraping a stick and producing tuneless sound with his throat on Grafton Street deserves the freedom of the city by now.

155. The walls

On Cook Street, below St. Audoen’s Church, there’s a big stretch of Dublin’s old medieval wall still intact. Go to it and reminisce about a time before suburban sprawl, when the city was a mile wide and culchies had to pay to get in.

156. The Queen

The Queen of England, enemy of Celtic fans and extremely drunk people citywide, visited Ireland this year and, to our eternal credit, we didn’t do anything to embarrass ourselves. She didn’t drink the Guinness though.

157. Jameson Tower

Dublin’s not a city with a lot of tall structures, so the old chimney of the Jameson distillery in Smithfield provides a really good opportunity to survey matters from above and see how many of the churches you can name.

158. Chapters – Relocated from the oppressive confines of an Abbey Street basement to a huge, bright upper floor on Parnell Street, Chapters’ giant collection of second hand books continues to look after your budget and your mind.

159. The Hop House

Have you ever wondered where all the thirty-somethings in Massive Attack t-shirts go for the 51 weekends between Electric Picnics? They go to the Hop House on Parnell Street to drink bottles of Korean homebrew.

160. Patrick Kavanagh

He wanted to be commemorated by the water, so when he died, Dublin celebrated the nation’s most cantankerous poet with a ponderous statue, seated on a bench beside the Grand Canal. A fitting tribute.

161. The other canal

Oft-forgotten because of its unfashionable position on the northside, the Royal Canal’s actually longer than the Grand Canal and, if nothing else, provides an excellent daytime can-drinking spot for youths headed to Hill 16 on sunny days.

162. Winter ice-skating

It’s stressful trying to navigate the one-way system of Smithfield’s seasonal ice rink, weaving around couples doing the stereotypical couples thing and trying to avoid that one kid going 70 miles an hour. But it’s fun.

163. Bus back entertainment

Losing touch with the kids is an impossibility for Dublin Bus passengers since someone came up with the idea of putting speakers in mobile phones. And Super Bass is actually not that bad.

164. Public clocks disagreeing

Flann O’Brien, listing examples of ‘Irishness’ in his Irish Times column, astutely noted that the public timepieces of our fair isle very rarely tell the same time. This confusion is why you are always late.

165. Cineworld unlimited card

For a mere twenty euro a month, you can see every film shown in Cineworld on Parnell Street. You can even see them multiple times, if you are really that into Ryan Gosling movies.

166. The lads in top hats at the Westin

They’re wearing top hats and fancy suits, and they’re pretty much paid to be nice to everyone. So put your arm around one, hold your drink in the air with the other hand, and smile for the camera.

167. Wood Quay amphitheatre

Dublin City Council, still known as the Corpo to elder statesemen bar-props, is a horrible structure on an incredibly important historical site. But it does have a cool amphitheatre out the back for some reason.

168. Irish Times building

There is unending amusement to be derived from staring into the lit-up new Irish Times office on Tara Street and trying to spot Róisín Ingle. She’s probably never there, but we’ll keep trying.

169. George Salmon statue

Famous for announcing that women would be allowed to study in Trinity over his dead body, former provost George Salmon surveys Front Square with a look of mild disgust on his face. Probably because of all the women.

170. Mario building

Beside Tara Street train station, there is a large building with a variety of pyramids atop it that could not feasibly be used for anything other than a level of Super Mario.

171. Kilmainham Gaol

Fill your ears with candle wax to drown out the uninformed and belittling questions of tourists as you tour Kilmainham Gaol either for its importance during the War of Independence or just because it is a bad-ass old jail.

172. Old city characters

From Bang Bang, who shot passers-by with his finger well into middle age, to the old traffic director at Essex Bridge who is said to have refused a job in Times Square because he liked the look of Capel Street, Dublin has a history of producing ‘characters’.

173. Resentment of success

How do we feel about your promotion/competition win/nice-looking hair cut? We hate it. Who do you think you are, Bono? And who does Bono think he is, for that matter, the Pope?

174. The smell

You don’t notice it until you’ve been away for a while, but Dublin has a very distinctive smell. Not a bad one, necessarily, but a distinctive one. It’s something to do with the climate, possibly.

175. It’s really old

Dublin was founded in 841 (not, as everyone confusingly asserted, 988), which makes it at least 700 years older than New York and thus able to beat it up.

176. Jonathan Swift

The old Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral once suggested that the rich of the city eat the poor, as a solution to rampant poverty. He was joking, of course, and thus invented Dublin wit in 1729. “Imitate him if you dare”, as his epitaph says.

177. Two degrees of separation

Everyone you meet knows someone you know. This is a scientifically verifiable fact.

178. Dublin Castle

Started in 1204 on the orders of King John, famous for being mean to Robin Hood, the Castle is where most of the important matters in Dublin’s history happened. Its gardens, on the supposed site of the pool after which Dubhlinn is named, are quiet and strange in a nice way.

179. Collins Barracks

The longest continuously occupied barracks in the world up until 1997 is now the National Museum’s decorative arts branch, and it’s full of curios, from King Billy’s gauntlet to Wolfe Tone’s pocket book.

180. The Croppy Acre

The park in front of Collins Barracks is said to contain the unmarked graves of executed 1798 rebels, its memorial providing a reminder that the new museum has a slightly grislier past than most.

181. Crusties

Whether becoming competent with the diablo or occupying Dame Street, Dublin’s crusties seem less self-righteous than those of other places. Without them, music festivals would all be Oxegen.

182. Music festivals

Within half a day’s drive from town, as literally everything on the island of Ireland is, there are a whole array of fun music festivals to attend in the summer, from the mighty Electric Picnic right down to Annagassan, Co. Louth’s van-themed Vantastival.

183. The Spire

Say what you want about its cost, its pointlessness or its phallic connotations, the Monument of Light gave Dublin a recognisable skyline.

184. Poolbeg Towers

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, those twin towers in Ringsend are working hard on providing you with electricity, and being iconic.

185. Green With Envy

Flea markets, car boot sales and clothes swaps seem to be popping up everywhere these days but fashion middle-man Green With Envy, Rathmines Road has taken the pain out of flogging your once treasured garb.

186. Rathmines Library

We owe the existence of this little gem to the so called ‘patron saint of libraries’, a philanthropic American by the name of Andrew Carnegie, widely known for the famous Carnegie Hall.

187. Twinned With Beijing

As of this year, Dublin expanded its twin list beyond San Jose, California, Liverpool, England and Barcelona, Spain to include the capital of China, which will hopefully be useful when it runs the world.

188. The River Poddle

You can’t see it but it’s there, underneath you on Dame Street running into the Liffey. Most people don’t even know that.

189. Ghosts

From Darkey Kelly on Copper Alley to the Green Lady of St. Audoen’s, Dublin is full of ghosts, which would have been a bad thing until Harry Potter made them seem less spooky.

190. Dan Rooney

America’s ambassador to Ireland resides in the Phoenix Park, where he spent two months preparing a professional standard American football pitch for a casual July 4th game that included both US Marines and McAleese children. He owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, by the way.

191. The Cobblestone

Walking into a knackered boozer at 5 on a Saturday afternoon to find 8 beardy lads singing ballads over cups of tae.

192. Our prowess at insults

Poxbottle, hunga, dose, wetzer, you smell like a hoor’s handbag.
193. Funderland

We lack a permanent fairground, so during those glorious 3 weeks over Christmas a rusty, crusty, money-grabbing behemoth pops up the whole world and its little brother can be found abusing carnies and shifting behind the Terminator at the RDS.

194. The Aviva Stadium

Even if you don’t make it to an international, the sight of a real modern stadium on TV when we play small Baltic states makes you feel like we’re better than them, at least infrastructurally.

195. Dublin Zoo

OK, so your abiding memory from childhood might be squinting into the hippo pool for half an hour because they can’t be arsed performing for you, but when the monkeys start messing and the penguins are Michelle de Bruining around the place, the Zoo is pretty much untouchable.

196. Coddle

This remains the only place in the world it is acceptable to eat the components of a fry in soup.

197. Mary Shrines

Vestiges of our ultra-Catholic recent past exist in the variety of sometimes-pretty, sometimes tacky shrines of Our Lady dotted around the city. Collect ‘em all at http://marianireland.blogspot.com/

198. Bullet-holes in buildings

You can actually touch history if you visit Boland’s Mills, the GPO, and a variety of other places.

199. The National Concert Hall

With rumours that it’s unoccupied rooms will become a new branch of IMMA in the light of Dublin Contemporary’s success, the NCH is a spectacular building. Its cheap lunchtime concerts are an excellent starting point for the classically uninitiated.

200. Totally Dublin

Sure where’d you be without us?

Compiled by Karl McDonald, with help from the T.D. staff. Illustrated by Fuchsia Macaree.

215 Responses to “200 Reasons Not To Leave Dublin”

  1. Colm Corrigan

    Very good list. If you're looking to replace the Chester Beatty duplicate, how about a shout out for Bram Stoker, or St Valentine's shrine?

  2. Tighearnan Noonan

    10 – stupid,
    11 – pointless
    16 – yeah i was with you until i saw 17 where you defended the worst blight since the famine
    19. alcoholism is a reason to stay ?
    after these i stopped reading because the writer seems to be jumping from every bandwagon possible just to be liked. Terrible writing

    • OrgazoidHD

      Ahh it's just a bit of a laugh. It's not to be taken too seriously ya hoor's handbag.

    • Sean

      I think you fall into the category of #173; this list is tremendous. Get yourself a Jambon and liven up,

    • padraig

      i totally agree with you. unless ur like the ppl who left thew below comments, ie ppl with the ability and knowledge to make cash in hand, lie, cheat, steal to survive, civil servants or f%%n drug dealers you know there arent even 5 good things right now, let alne 200. There used to be, not anymore. now the only things to look forward to are starvation, emigration or armed insurrection. i suppose ryanair cheap flights outa this shitehole, if u even have the 5 cents for a 1 way ticket anywhere

    • claire

      hmm.. I think you are a wee exception to this list, you should probably leave.

    • Bear

      Wow, you're so awesome, way to totally get into the spirit of the piece. I mean, to hell with whimsy and feel-good fun, everything must reflect the truly horrifyingly bleak nature of life at all times! I am so on board with you. Can we be friends?

  3. Really funny!

    126. People’s houses on the Luas Green Line

    Anybody with any sense wanted them to build an underground, because undergrounds are cool, but they didn’t. On the plus side, though, our metropolitan transit lets us see into people’s gardens and kitchen windows.

  4. Andrew

    Canoes in Islandbridge? Rarely.
    I think you are confusing them with boats used in rowing.

    • Breda thomas

      That would have to have been FRAWLEY'S of Thomas st , and then taken to have ur photo taken in Rice's studio in Stephens Green .

      No when i was young they used to go canoeing on the liffey , i know cause we used to go for walks to the memorial gardens .

  5. Ares

    You make me want to leave Dublin.

    Good thing you know fuck all about what makes this city shine, otherwise you'd have all the geeks who read this bent blog clogging it up.

    Half of this stuff is what takes away from the city, I'm surprised you don't have "dickhead bus drivers" or "shit dress sense" or "chronic unemployment" stuck down as a positive. "Banter with the Gardai" are you for real?

    • Aidan

      Banter with the gardai……… one of my favourites and most truest. Many a petty drunken/sober charge I've gotten away with by cracking a smile out of my would be prosecutor. Wise up kiddo! 'shit dress sense' says a lot about'cha Arse, sorry I mean Ares

    • Jack

      As someone whos emigrated, i seriously miss banter with the gards. No craic with them over here I tell ye

      • Heckerthonn

        Totally cereal like?

        For what D4, South Co. Dub socialites? Or high-as-balls wanna-be scumbag northside estate dwellers?

        Cause most of the Dubliners I know find the Gardai terrifying arbitrary bullies – who barely know the legality of what they're doing (arrest rights?) – have a general contempt for anyone not of their ilk – and are prone to dishing out beatings and legal threats.

        But no no

        Your friendly world of Gardai banter and the faint forelock tugging Irish man, bag of potatoes over his shoulder, books of Joyce and Poetry under the other and a pig he's tickling for shits and giggles under the other. Yeah that's the sort of apt picture of reality that exists in Dublin.

        You probably go in for the whole it's grrreat to be Oiirissh – we're great look how much we can drink aren't we amazing schtick as well.

    • Ali

      There is a lot of stuff here that represents what makes Dublin unique, and just because you can't find the good in it doesn't mean the list is bad. How many of the random parks and graveyards have you been to? Or climbed to the top of liberty hall or the jameson tower? Or look inside the green post-boxes to see the old English red paint on the inside? Look for the good in Dublin and it's there! It's so much easier to pick on the negative, but go ahead and leave it if you don't like it, more jobs for the rest of us!

  6. Andrew

    Chipper chips?

    Unbelievable you have this as number 1, they all seem to be fried in a mix of vegetable oil and bleach. No flavour.

  7. J-One

    Ugh, this article makes me queasy.
    Such delusional self-congratulatory rubbish should be left to Cork people!

    • lj1

      100% agree – more like reasons to get out of dublin, you all know you go on holiday "down the country" to get proper chips,guiness or anything else on the list worth having!

  8. Zoe

    Love it, Love number 152. Georges Street Launderette(I thought I was alone crossing the road for that blast) and I love No. 85 Wall and Keogh.. seriously cool joint!. Well done guys!!

    • Heckerthonn

      It's nice to see whatever sort of insipid I R JOURNO sort of idiot that wrote this has managed to get their equally simple peers to vote up on this muck. It's like it fell out of a bad Zig & Zag knock-off book – that the person who wrote it has no concept for life or education and sadly will probably be editor of the Evening Herald in four years and leading this country in six.

    • maggie

      that was one of my favourites! used to love walking by there, always so warm and clean-smelling!

  9. OrgazoidHD

    What about not being able to lock your bike anywhere in town without fear of it getting nicked? Sure that's a bit of a laugh I suppose.

  10. EGG

    This List is clearly compiled by a female northsider! Missing several details.
    1)O'Donoghues on Baggot Street?
    2)Sitting on the Dart with your feet up
    3)Going into the cinema and putting your feet across the seats in front of you
    4) Pub carverys
    5)Garlic and cheese chips
    6)Not saying anything to your friends on a night out and just going home for fear of being abused


  11. EmmaJane Curran Bun

    16. Common hatred of Bono

    Not only do people in other countries often consider Bono to be a talented, respectable superstar, they actually presume that you do too. But your fellow citizens know the truth. my fav

  12. katekatharinaferguson

    Wonderful! #201 Magazine writers willing to write gloriously elegant prose to amuse people like me who have already emigrated. Brought a smile to my face! Love from Berlin 🙂

  13. Mary from Limerick

    48. Rubberbandits are from Limerick so that should be taken off your list.

  14. @roryontour

    That was half an hour not wasted, Great list!
    BTW it'll never be Aviva Stadium, it's fecking Lansdowne Road. Alright?
    Let's not jump on corporate band wagons. You don't change your name just cos someone buys ya a new fancy hat.

  15. Lisa D

    I agree with the point about Burritos – but you didn't mention Little Ass Burrito. It's worlds better than Burritos and Blues!

  16. dfallon

    "After a dark period of being called “homeless bastards” at every away match"

    Tallaght belongs to the South Dublin County Council, so they're still homeless bastards 😉

    In all seriousness, great list.

  17. @totallydublin

    A note for those complaints about the ordering of the list – they're not in order of preference. Otherwise no.200 would be no.1, of course.

  18. Tadhg

    Great list – would be great to turn into some kind of poster – so that people could bring it with them when they move away, as a 'gentle' reminder of what they're missing!

  19. monika

    Enjoyed reading it! totally agree on most, most I know at least, will look into the ones I don’t.. and appreciated the sense of humour too 🙂

  20. derek

    Is The Manhattan caff gone then?
    Worthy of mention too are:–
    Reading the paper in the backroom of the Palace bar on a Saturday afternoon.
    The commotion of sound as you pass the College of Music
    Being in the queue at Burdocks and getting to the point where you can almost step up onto the threshold.
    Eating toasted sangwiches in the snug at Ryan's in Parkgate St.

    But then, I did leave Dublin

  21. Chris

    Shamrock Rovers still are Homeless Bastards, Clueless! … Dublin is Red & White

  22. @Tim_Phelan

    This is drab reading. I am a legitimate advocate of not leaving Ireland. I struggled to find the job that I now love after graduating 2 years ago. Where is the business acumen? Where are the college students, where is the argument? I see shallow hooks to brands and commerce but no content. Alcoholism, really? I'm embarrassed. 200 reasons not to come to Ireland.

  23. Dave G K

    I remember reading the original In Dublin list and being enthralled and enlightened.

    Now I suppose it is just one person's view and 200 is a tall order to come up with, but this list is jaded and uninformed. So much great missing off the list, plus I found myself disagreeing more often than not.

    Never considered it before but maybe it actually is time to emigrate… just like the author is rumoured to be doing.

  24. Pedantasauros

    Great list – some really bad errors though. The error'd broke the camel's back is the Jonathon Swift one… he famously suggested that the poor eat their children, not that the rich eat the poor.

  25. Lee

    112 – Fuck off.

    Doesn't mention the fact that they got the biggest tax write off in the states history to stay a float in 2004, and were then given a shiny new stadium, with the best facilities in the league, in a massive catchment area. Every club would be achieving group stages regularly if they got the support from local fans instead of supporting English clubs,

    If anything this made me remember how much I hate football fans in Ireland and want to leave. People who have a 'die-hard' support for Liverpool, Man U, or Celtic (the league of Ireland is shit, we should all support Celtic 'cos they're Irish)

    Some good points, but some utterly garbage ones.

  26. Cloud

    What a pointless list. Did nobody at any point say "why don't we make it 100 reasons". Then it could have been 100 good reasons instead of 100 good reasons and 100 stupid, pointless, irrelevant, nonsensical "reasons".

  27. Cathy Power

    To post Alcoholism as a positive shows awesome ignorance of the suffering it causes, to the addict and to their loved ones. Not funny, not smart, in fact, hurtful.

  28. Cathy Power

    However, on another point, you didn't include the Bull Wall. The best place in the world for a quick walk surrounded by water, city lights at dusk, watching the big ferries arriving and leaving the port, blowing the cobwebs out of your brain, walking dogs and swimming.

  29. lisa

    What about the umpalumpas? All those women who think tango is an attractive skin colour?

  30. Heitor

    unnn I would put in this list
    1-eddie rockets
    2-brazilian barbecues…and chicks

  31. Sarah-Jane

    Ah lads why didn't you publish this before I left the country!
    Perth might have the weather but it doesn't have the chipper chips or Mulligans on Poolbeg Street, Croke Park or the sarcy kids.
    Great list, well done!

  32. chris

    This is an error..17. Jedward

    They might be lunatics, but they are our lunatics…should be filed under….16. Common hatred of Bono

    Not only do people in other countries often consider Bono to be a talented, respectable superstar, they actually presume that you do too. But your fellow citizens know the truth.

  33. Carson

    Thanks for a good read. My favourite comment was calling the screen above the Centra on Dame Street and the 'why go bald' sign Ireland's Time Square!

    As for alcoholism – unfortunately that is hitting a little too close to the bone for some but it remains a fact that the alcohol consumption of most Dubliners would be considered a serious problem in many if not most countries around the world.

  34. Gavin McGrath

    No Hell Fire Club (one of the most haunted places on earth) & no Viewpoint (Dublin's first "Park & Ride" facility)

  35. Saoirse

    this is brilliant, as an emigrant in Miami i miss Dublin now, u forgot Teddy's ice cream though!!

    • Mick

      Teddys are now doing corporate events and party's and the hatch in Dun Laoire still serves up the best ice cream in the country

  36. wakkawakka

    This preachy bullshit telling me what I should and should appreciate is a good reason to leave Dublin.

  37. Humbert Humperdink

    To all the moaners, the Shamrock Rovers bit is just because, if you read the original article linked above (No. 24), it was written around the same time Shamrock Rovers did well in the past.

    Good list.


  38. Taipei's

    Chiggers, junkies, beggars… You are bringing it all back to me
    Now. Even the nitelink…lovely stuff.

    • Big B

      After 4 years in the middle east, that list stirs up some lost memories…. Good & bad, missin home again now!

  39. Lauren

    Ah great list – one of my friends living in London forwarded it onto me – say she’s going mad over there for a bit of Irish – makes you appreciate whats there ya know – I wanna go for a wander around Dublin now – thanks lads!!

  40. Anonymous

    Wetzer isn’t an insult on the north side wet means really good looking (eg ah he’s wet, he’s a wetzer)

  41. God's Cop

    ''112. The Shamrock Rovers renaissance

    After a dark period of being called “homeless bastards” at every away match, Rovers beat Partisan Belgrade and got to invite the mighty Tottenham Hotspur to their new home. It was a proud day for Ireland, and a proud day for Tallaght.''

    F**k right off. Shit list

  42. Andra_Herrero

    Oh please don't tell people about 85. Wall and Keogh, if they have not found it yet let them go to insonmia and drink burnt low grade coffee and tea Sh*t, Wall and Keogh is not for them, it's for me and my friends 🙂 …and why is there such a negative reaction to the article in general?, it's just light entertainment no?

    • oonagh

      It’s still there? There is a God. been gone 8 years now and It will be my first port of call next time I’m home.

  43. Lisa

    What about THE ROLLING DONUT Aka – THE DONUT PLACE ON O'Connell Street! Best thing about O'Connell street :):)

  44. james

    the english queen was shite. a week of over time for the gardai and the feeling of what it would be like to live in a police state. thats all that came out of her visit and maybe that we didn't embarrass ourselves by waving union jacks this time. cork seemed fond of her. maybe your thinking of the wrong county.

  45. Meg

    Strange, I used to think that if I left, I'd miss the Irish sense of humor most. Spent some time in America, they had trouble understanding anything delivered deadpan/sarcasm/pure absurdities. Tongue-in-cheek remarks were often met with puzzlement and/or hostility. Any similar reactions I've gotten here have generally been from sheltered, D4-dwelling ladies of the peroxide persuasion…
    That being said, looking at the comments, it strikes me that the populace as a whole might be going down the same route. 0_0

  46. neil

    this is a bit of obtuse. there are THOUSANDS of reasons not to leave dublin, some of us don't have a choice. signed, an immigrant (twice over).

  47. Marianne

    Cheers lads, this seriously has me rolling around my office in Chicago in throes of nostalgia. I feel happier about the idea of coming home than I have in months!

  48. barry

    Ya forgot the wall of fame and the artist mark baker!! His paintings are going to be the new wall of fame. Luke Kelly Phil lynnott etc

  49. Ben

    Being an American who studied in Dublin for five months, lived in Smithfield, and have been looking for reasons to go back ever since i left,
    i absolutely LOVED reading this! It made realize that in hindsight, being broke was not a good enough reason to leave 😉 I look forward to the day when I can call Dublin my home again!

  50. Christine

    This list sums up all the reasons I think Dublin is beautiful and miss it loads! Fair play!

  51. Phil

    You forgot the worlds best commute…. Watching dolphins from the dart in killiney bay on the way to work 🙂

  52. Niall

    Pretty sure it was Real Madrid we got to invite to our new home with their new signing – Ronaldo! Sure we played Juventus at Tallaght before Spurs…and the poor eat their young…some serious lack of research is evident!!

    • TBWRA

      You invited no one. Real Madrid were invited by Platimum One to play in SDCC's new stadium. The shamrocks (no relation to previous clubs of a similar name) just happpened to be the team using the other dressing room on the day.

  53. John

    Pedant post – it's the US ambassador's residence in the Phoenix Park, not the US embassy.

  54. Elaine

    I'm about to go live in UK (for love, not money!) and laughed me hole off at this – shit the kids around my gaff tell me I look lovely sometimes….
    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant – how about including The Winding Stair?

  55. Caoimhe

    You know the american embassy is in Ballsbridge, and not the Phoenix park right?

  56. keith

    the burritos are way off the mark! Taco Taco in epicurean beats em all hands down!

  57. maria

    hahahah, that was funny….you think that you drink too much-go to Eastern Europe ans=d you'll see what is heavily drinking…. 😛

    your girls are pretty-bullshit…there are much prettier women in Eastern Europe.. 🙂

  58. LOL

    This list is nothing but a list of 200 random things that exists in Dublin…

    The "highlights" are:

    6. Temperate climate
    11. Burritos
    25. Salted butter

    Seriously? Have you never been to a country outside of Ireland?

  59. Claire Convery

    Sitting at my desk in sunny Sydney this list has brought a tear to my eye and a pang to my heart. I think 131 got to me the most. The Dublin I knew is but a memory 🙁 One day I shall return 😀

  60. richard mcearl

    well i only been to TALLAGHT and Dublin for 9 days my son been 2 times,it cost me $1200 for a ticket to munch from USA,paid $100 euros for around trip from TALLAGHT to airport,paid $12euros for 2 deit sprites,but i love the city o,neil pub,gaitey theatre,the trains,the fresh air,the wicklows mts.glenough,the guen.storehouse,lots of graffied painted on wall,i was surprise by all the beggers asking for money for baby milk,i would come back those,number 198 what about bullets holes at post office?miss abbey st.train station

  61. Billo

    Ah come on now; what's depressing about Chipper Chips? Pack up so and go to Boston and enjoy your freedom fries 🙂

  62. Peter Mooney

    Obviously compiled by someone who rarely strays from the South Side of Dublin. Major omissions are all of Manor St, Stoneybatter and Prussia St which are pretty much intact and don't have the pretensions of Ranelagh and most importantly by far the best pub in Dublin in every single respect The Gravediggers at the back of Glasnevin. Then there is the Horse Fair in Smithfield, the second hand shop every Saturday at the corner of the NCR and Dorset St, the real Chinese restaurants in Parnell St. This is not to say the the Northside is any better than the South side. It is just neglected and I really don't know why

    • jsvkj

      places in Stoneybatter, Glasnevin and Smithfield were mentioned. I would actually say that there were more mentions of the North side, just not the ones that you have said. COuldn't have been less neglected.

  63. Molly Malone

    Love this list – thank you so much. It sums up the humour and friendliness of Dublin.

    Time for us to take more pride in our lovely city and beautiful country!

  64. Dee

    Good job!
    Couple of mistakes though… The American Embassy is in Ballsbridge, not the Phoenix Park…
    And as far as I know Darkey Kelly is the Green Lady..?

    • Guest

      But the American Ambassador's residence is in Phoenix Park – on the top of the road leading to the Papal Cross!

  65. Cre

    Good job man, a bit south centric but I suppose it depends a lot on where u come from.
    @people saying Dublin lack this or that: with all of Dublin's and Dubliners' flaws this big bag of old villages still kicks many other capitals' arses in terms of charm and appeal!

  66. Conor C

    191 No folk singing in the Cobblestone on Saturday evenings. Only bluegrass – Bill Whelan and Rough Deal. Not many tea drinkers either.

  67. ms ellenor rose

    This is amazing, I won't be leaving Dublin anytime soon for these reasons.

  68. Rev. Pat Noise

    This was awful, "jaded and uninformed" as another poster put it. Nearly everything on the list was either cheesy dub-a-lin paddywhackery ("banter with the Gardaí", "the word 'grand'") or just naming tourist attractions. Put a bit of effort and imagination in, the 1984 article was so much better.

    • td_editor

      Georges Street launderette, brown bread ice cream, BYOB gigs, small galleries, cafes, crusties. All our big tourist attractions there.

      • td_editor

        And a few thousands word later, it's pretty obvious we didn't put any effort in. What were we thinking.

  69. Aaron

    Fair play for mentioning the green lady. My Nana used to fight her about 70 years ago and I presumed she had been forgotten

  70. Liam

    Should be retitled, " ONE reason not to leave Dublin (#7), a dozen-or-so things you'll probably miss and a LOAD of other shite that can burn in a nuclear holocaust for all I care…"

  71. benice

    Leave Bono alone … he has given more to charity that most celebs including Sir Paul McCarthy – God you forgot to mention how cruel & nasty we can be …

  72. Des G

    Yiz missed PHIZZFEST,
    Dublin's finest community arts festival
    ( 01 – 09 September 2012)
    – but great list!

  73. sinead

    so we are free from the catholic church then, that's nice to know. Someone should tell that young mother who can't get into school or tell those gay teachers who can't get hired to shut up so.

  74. Sarah

    This is DEADLY! such a funny list….
    Why are there negative responses …it's just a bit of a laugh…would yas cop on to yourselves! 😉

  75. Katie Morris

    Number 62! That same guy asked me for change on 3 separate occassions! When I called him on it he actually said he's still waiting on a bus!

  76. Jordan O Reilly

    It was good until sham rovers fucking cunts they rent the stadium the person who wrote this has no idea of irish football nothing of irish football

  77. daz

    I love how people are trying to slate this list and doubt why people like it making them just back up the 'begrudgery' point!

  78. Johnny the Boy

    It only took 16 years before Dubs would try to claim the Galway based/nationally broadcast TG4 as their own, and stop trying to claim Vincent Browne and Rubberbandits as your own as well, don't we ALREADY get enough of English and American people referening to everything Irish as being from Dublin…? Otherwise – TOP CLASS LIST. Excellent stuff altogether.

  79. Jack

    This is fuckin brilliant. The Cake Cafe on Camden Street, hidden behind Daintree paper shop. It's one of the coolest little places I've ever found by accident.

  80. VintageIreland

    Watch wind surfers on Dollymount strand, or even swim if you are brave enough.. what other capital city in Europe has a beautiful (and now blue flag) beach just a 10 minute cycle from downtown.

  81. krafty

    No. 111 about the disregard for cyclists. Plenty abuse to be had from all non-cyclists, but nothing more than other cities. Dublin is no Amsterdam but is actually not that bad for cycling, compared to London, for example. Cycling is getting more and more popular here. We're going to take over sooner or later. You can't beat us, so join us!! 🙂

  82. the german

    coming here last year i spent months thinking 'why have i come here, this was a terrible decision'. this list (although inadequate in some ways, and i agree south- biased) tells me that dublin is a good laugh. dublin teaches you not to take life too seriously.

  83. Bill

    I moved back to Dublin after 9 years in the UK. I can now honestly say I smile alot more everyday & boy do we have a happier outlook on life than our neighbours across the pond. Glad to be home plus the grub is much better here too 🙂

  84. luhs

    Vincent Brown ! you have got to be joking, an ineffectual asshole at school and never bothered to change. Little wonder so many are fleeing the country.

  85. Derek

    With a few exceptions, this list is packed full of tired clichés. Again also perpetuating the myth that Dublin is a small place. How can a city whose urban area is 1.5 million be considered small? Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow aren't considered small and Dublin is bigger than all three. As for being two people away from knowing someone else? that is utter nonsense. One can only dream of being that popular!

  86. Derek

    Apologies, my previous post was inaccurate, harsh and unfair. I actually did like a lot of the points. Some in fact, gave me ideas of things to do and added more aspects to my list of what Dublin is.
    I stand by my point about Dublin being painted as a small city though. I think I understand why people feel the need to do it. It is dissporportionately large for the country and therefore doesn't fit the model of what constitutes "Irishness". This is true I guess in the paramaters as they exist. Perhaps the image of what constitiutes Irishness needs to be expanded.
    That's all! As I said lots of good things on there!

  87. Edz

    It's not like individuals fabricated potatoes in eire, however they're higher here than anyplace else. If you are unsure wherever potatoes came from, then please visit google maps. It's that huge island few thousand miles west of eire.

  88. Robert

    For me this read as a list of reasons I’m glad I immigrated here; some of these I hadn’t heard about either!

    Coming from abroad, Dublin really is a fine city.

  89. Al

    This is a fucking joke. Ireland is the worst country in europe and the only positive points are the smell and shitty weather?! Fucking kip.

  90. Nicole

    All of these comments are either one way or the other and it’s very confusing for me.
    I’ve been doing a lot of research on Dublin and I am considering moving there on a work visa.
    Some say they hate the place and some love it,
    the list seems great but what’s the actuality of Irish living?

  91. Lucy

    Great list but I’ve already left Dublin 🙁 too late!! I found a great and funny book about all the drinking and carry on of everyone in Dublin – Back to the Gaff – well worth the read!

  92. Scott @ SubscribeDublin

    I’m impressed you made it to 200. No question, I agree there are hundreds of reasons to stay, live, work, play, and call Dublin home. I wrote up my own Top 100 reasons Why Dublin is the Best Place to Live in the World. My list is from an American perspective as someone who moved to Dublin and previously lived in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. I wonder how much our lists overlap?


    • mulder

      Quite incredible, the idea of Dublin as a great place to live.
      The some 300,000 folk who have left this isle might disagree.
      One thing i would caution, do not get sick in Dublin or else ye are stuffed.
      Quite literally, the hospitals here as the pits. total kips.
      But no harm in dreaming or thinking i suppose.
      The reality be a bit different.



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