Pól Ó’Chongaile’s Secret Dublin: An Unusual Guide is a pocket sized helper, designed to show you many of Dublin’s quirkier attractions, whilst acting as your tour guide along the way. From museums to mosaics, to artworks and archives, Secret Dublin: An Unusual Guide gives you the back story of some of Ireland’s capital’s most intriguing features, which the untrained eye mightn’t notice normally. See the bullet holes in the O’Connell Monument, and then view the memorial plaque for the city’s late hoax priest Fr. Pat Noise as you traverse the River Liffey on O’Connell Bridge to the south where you will view the city’s last standing royal monument in the Prince Albert Memorial.
Unlike most city guides, which may be solely targeted towards the tourist, this guide would enlighten even the most cultured, traditional Dub, to some of this fine city’s less frequented landmarks. Any guide can tell you to gaze up at The Spire of Dublin, or to visit St. James Gate and sample our nation’s most famous export, however this guide attempts to allow the reader to “skip the crowds and clichés, and really get beneath the city’s skin.”
Ó’Chongaile is a well renowned travel writer, deeply in-tune with Irish culture. His local knowledge jumps off the page, and his descriptive writing perfectly blends the user’s enjoyment of the site, with the story behind the artefacts. If anyone is fit to escort you along the more mystic streets of Dublin, Ó’Chongaile is the man for the job.
Perhaps this guides most appealing factor, is the geographical proximity of the sites covered. Everything included in the guide fits under six broader location specific categories; Phoenix Park and Quays, City Centre North, City Centre South, Wood Quay to War Memorial, Outside the Centre – North and Outside the Centre – South. This allows the reader, to incorporate the sites into their day, rather than setting the day aside to see the sights. As many of these attractions are down a lane, or in a park, or on the side of the street, they are easily consumed whilst still going about your leisurely day. This is the book’s appeal for the day to day working Dubliner. Many of the sites have no admission prices, thus providing cost effective culture consumption! Furthermore most have no accessibility limits determined by opening times, or availability constraints. It’s just Dublin, at it’s purest and most wondrous form, an excellent addition to any visiting tourists sightseeing arsenal, or indeed any Dub wishing to know more about the history of their city.
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