The Scottish author of Trainspotting, Irving Welsh, lives in Dublin. He’s written a short account of the city in the travel section of today’s English Independent newspaper. I’d say he’s got it pretty much right, in my opinion, except for the idea that:
I love all the old Irish shops and supermarkets which the government has preserved. They’ve kept all the big chains out – there aren’t Nexts and Gaps everywhere.
Huh? Quite the opposite!! The government has done nothing to save the indigenous character of our shopping streets.
But I agree with his comment about Kilmainham Jail:
Kilmainham Jail is a place I would recommend any visitor to see. It tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising, and the struggle for the Free State and the republic. It’s a really atmospheric museum: you can see where the leaders from 1916 were executed and the cells where they were incarcerated.
I live five minutes walk from it and it is well worth a visit.