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How NOT To Experience Dublin

Photo credit: Gettyimages

Photo credit: Gettyimages

Dublin is one of the greatest cities in Europe, hands down. Although the people are great and friendly, totally welcoming and outgoing, there are a few things that will get them pretty mad.

Unless you are a trouble maker that wants to get (quite possibly) knocked down, you should avoid these things. However, if you are in the mood to stir some trouble (for some twisted reason), then just change the “don’ts” to “dos.” Either way, don’t forget to check out some awesome sights while you’re there that may not be mainstream.

Don’t: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The parade is awesome; it’s a one-in-a-lifetime experience, etc. That’s the problem!

Too many people want to attend the parade, and usually just end up traumatized. However, if vomit-lined streets and exposed genitalia are your thing, be our guest.

If not, try to enjoy the atmosphere by just looking at the parade, while it’s not so wild and… everything.

Don’t : The Irish Are British

This sounds pretty obvious, but you would be surprised at the quantity of people that are just oblivious to those kinds of things. Do not, under any circumstances, call an Irishman or Irishwoman British. They’re not and they get offended pretty easily. This goes for the whole of the Republic of Ireland.

Don’t: Expecting To Drink All Night

Due to trying to level down the alcohol usage, most pubs close at 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and 1a.m. on weekends. So, if you were expecting to go crazy in Dublin, try traveling by time machine.

Don’t: Getting Into Oscar Wilde’s Birthplace

21 Westland Row is not a museum, it’s actually the writing centre for the Creative Writing and Irish Literature Master’s of Philosophy students at Trinity College Dublin, so trying to get in and being annoying to all the students may just introduce you to some lovely Irish police officers.

Don’t: Dismissing The Food

Shepherd’s pie, fat pink Irish salmon, mussels, chips … Why would you ever say no?

Don’t: Checking Out Only The British Colonial and Irish Civil War Historical Sights

There’s plenty of Dublin’s local pre-history and some Viking history to explore. It’s quite intriguing so don’t stick to the obvious choices.

Don’t: Getting Wasted In Temple Bar

Temple Bar is home to several bars, which are really popular with tourists. Travelers of all shapes and sizes with painted green faces love to get really drunk there.

There are amazing things to see in the historic Temple Bar though, like the Irish Photography Centre, the Temple Bar Music Centre and the Irish Film Institute. Keep in mind to check those out in daytime, to avoid seeing the lovely green faced people getting down and dirty.