If you’re not living in Dublin, one of the main reasons to go to the big city is for admin purposes. Reasons could include: fetching someone from the airport (we went to collect our acts who came over from South Africa), getting a cheap flight to a holiday destination (since Dublin is the biggest Irish airport), applying for a visa or other paperwork, helping someone move out of Dublin.
I will admit that there are probably other more positive reasons for going that far east: seeing a gig that won’t be played anywhere else in Ireland, wanting to be able to say you went to Temple Bar and the Guinness Storehouse or taking a peek at the Book of Kells.
Forgive me coming across a bit grumpy about the whole Dublin thing – I probably don’t actually know what I’m talking about, being from Cork, but that’s the general feeling I get about Dublin. A friend who goes over there more frequently compared the city to Johannesburg (cringe). On the day we went to fetch our cats form the airport, we took advantage of seeing a little bit of wintery, spawly Dublin and St. Stephen’s Green. For a quick snack we enjoyed a take-away Guinness-steak pie with a view of the Jameson Distillery. Here’s a bit of the scenery.