When I arrived in Dublin last year, for the first time. I was shocked at how plain and unattractive the city was. Grungy even like it needed a serious update. I admit, I was disappointed because all this PR made it seem so much more special. But then I walked around and talked with the locals and there is definitely a glow that surrounds Dublin and Ireland; perhaps the way the light hits, the constant rain and green everywhere. The people are wonderful so maybe that is what makes it so special. It is a rundown post industrial city, with smaller quaint towns between pastures and rolling hills.. But it iholds a specialness that you do not see elsewhere. It is unfortunate that in their desperation, the Irish government has given away so much incentives to get large US technology companies to come there and set up shop (who hire other EU people mainly). This new influx I feel will ruin this specialness forever.
Get away to Ireland
There's a reason it's called The Emerald Isle, but the lush, vibrant landscape of Ireland isn't the only reason to visit this storied country.
The stunning oceanside cliffs and verdant valleys of Ireland are legendary, and reason alone to make a visit. But sharing the spotlight these days are the cities, where thriving music, arts and culinary scenes are drawing participants and visitors from all over the globe. Numerous music and arts festivals are held throughout the year in Dublin, Galway and Belfast, and County Cork has become the country's culinary hub. Derry-Londonderry is 2013's City of Culture, with a year-long calendar of events proving the designation—including the prestigious Turner Prize, being held for the first time outside of Britain. And the entire country is hosting The Gathering 2013, with thousands of events celebrating Irish culture being held in all counties, making this an especially good year to make a pilgrimage. With direct flights from the U.S. to Dublin, Belfast and Shannon, it's easy to make a trip—it will give a whole new meaning to going green.