Dublin, Ireland
Claire, 34
Student Affairs / Study Abroad
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a bit about Claire

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in Student Affairs/Study Abroad. I work with American university students, and enjoy welcoming them to Ireland and showing them why I love my city and country.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Anything by David Gray. And some super dramatic piano solos.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends. ER. CSI. Frasier. I like the 90s stuff.

Name some spots in Dublin that are good for a Tinder date.

An outdoor movie screening in one of the public spaces. Lunchtime food markets in the public parks. A stroll along Sandymount strand. Drinks and tapas in the Market Bar.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Temple Bar. Too touristy. There's a whole city out there and it's pretty gosh darn amazing!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Go to the top floor of the few tall buildings in the city and enjoy the view from above. If you ever have the opportunity, go to the top of Liberty Hall and marvel at the city below.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Dublin and where did you get it?

I once had a passion fruit souffle in Greenhouse restaurant which still sticks in my mind.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Dublin that you particularly like?

The Library Bar in the Central Hotel is a pretty special place and is quite hidden given it's location in a hotel. There is also a secret bar called the No Name Bar. I'll give you a clue, it isn't all that far from the Library Bar!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Dublin? Which one do you like?

The Vintage Cocktail Club is well worth the effort (be sure to make a reservation, and don't miss it). Be sure to try the French 75. Or anything with gin really!

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Crisp sandwiches. Potato chips between two slices of (usually) white bread. Or, it's older brother, the chip butty which is chips (french fries) between a bread roll/bap.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Dublin?

The Book of Kells. A lot of outdoor waiting and queuing to see one page.

What are the Dublin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Everyone should have a stroll around Georgian Dublin and enjoy the beautiful architecture and detailed doors. Take a DART train along the coast. Eat fish and chips on the water in Howth. Get a 99 (soft serve ice-cream in a cone with a chocolate flake) for the trip back into the city. Then finish with a drink and some great traditional music.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Dublin. How do you spend it?

Strolling along Sandymount strand, looking at the Poolbeg towers. Then dinner at FX Buckley's restaurant on Pembroke Street. Maybe take in a show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

New York... because there's always something new to see, do and eat!

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