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Old 05-25-2006, 12:45 PM   #16
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The first pub my friend and I went to in Dublin after arriving on the island we encountered a depressing scene. As we ordered our Guinness, we looked around and noticed the vast majority of the locals drinking Bud Light.

Why?
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Your favorite Irish writer and why?

What do you find unique about the Irish? About Dublin?
First Question: If we are including poets I would say Yeats, if not then probably Myles Na Gopleen aka Flann O'Brien.

Second Question: I would say, at this point, their ability to delude themselves that the current economic boom will continue forever. This trait is particularly evident in Dublin. The Irish national inferiority complex has turned into a kind of superiority complex, which I find a bit strange. Our saving grace is our conviviality.
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1) What's the optimal time of year to visit Dublin (and Ireland in general) while avoiding bad weather & large tourist crowds? (My research up to this point says September.)
2) Is Dublin fairly easy to navigate for 1st-time visitors?
3) What's a dead giveaway that I should avoid to keep from literally screaming "I'm a tourist!!!"

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(1) Well, September probably is a good time. But I would say June is good too in so far as although there are more tourists, the school and college holidays are starting so the net effect is that the traffic congestion probably eases.
(2) Yes, in that most of the city centre is quite compact.
(3) Don't wear one of those silly leprachaun hats.
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The first pub my friend and I went to in Dublin after arriving on the island we encountered a depressing scene. As we ordered our Guinness, we looked around and noticed the vast majority of the locals drinking Bud Light.

Why?
Guinness is of variable quality in Dublin, that might have something to do with it.
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Really?

Interesting.
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Top 5 beers in Dublin
Ryans of Parkgate Street, The Duke (Duke Street), The Lower Deck (Portobello), Kehoes (off Grafton Street).
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Why do some Irish people wear those heavy Aran sweaters when it's warm outside? When I was there some people did.

What's the best movie that was filmed in Ireland?


What's the most beautiful place in Ireland?
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Hmmmm....OK, I see Dublin is tied with NYC as 13th as far as cost of living worldwide. Is it hard to live there and make ends meet?
It is hard to live well here, but given the low unemployment rate and rising incomes most people get by.
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Why do some Irish people wear those heavy Aran sweaters when it's warm outside? When I was there some people did.

What's the best movie that was filmed in Ireland?


What's the most beautiful place in Ireland?
Was that in the late 80 or early 90s? There was a kind of trend back then of wearing those Aran sweaters, even among college kids. I think I had one myself at some point!

Ryan's Daughter.

Mweelrea Mountains, County Mayo.
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It was in the 90's. You mean no one wears those there anymore? I have 4. I could never wear them when it's over 50 degrees though.

I visited Mayo, my great grandparents lived there before they came to the US. I even saw the stone remnants of their house. Don't think I saw those mountains though.
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I visited Mayo, my great grandparents lived there before they came to the US. I even saw the stone remnants of their house. Don't think I saw those mountains though.
They're pretty remote, pretty far out west. But all of Mayo is nice.
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What is the prevailing opinion in Ireland about..

Gerry Adams

Mary Robinson

George Bush

Tony Blair

Colin Farrell
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What is the prevailing opinion in Ireland about..

Gerry Adams

Mary Robinson

George Bush

Tony Blair

Colin Farrell


CF - what's funny about him is he talks in this hard core Dublin workin' class accent but I know where he's from and it's quite a nice middle class area, posh even. Talented guy, nevertheless.

If you don't mind I'd rather not get into discussing political figures
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If you don't mind I'd rather not get into discussing political figures
Meh, what the heck.

I would say that Bush and Adams are largely disliked.

Robinson is pretty well regarded, though probably not among conservative Catholics.

I think Irish people generally appreciate the efforts Blair has made with the peace prcess.

Let me put it this way, if in some alternate universe these four people for some reason decided to run for the Irish Presidency, and there were no other candidates, I think it would be between Blair and Robinson and neither Bush nor Adams would stand a chance.
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