So what makes Dublin so unique?
It’s the hottest question right now.
I’d say; James Joyce, a pint in Neary’s, George’s Street Arcade, and a quiet mid-week afternoon at the National Gallery. Author Roddy Doyle reckons it’s the ‘Why Go Bald’ sign on George’s Street.
Deciding what makes an entire city unique is tricky. It’s even trickier when that city is Dublin.
Maybe that’s why there’s €10,000 going for the best film, animation, photography, graphic design, written word, visual art work OR music entry that articulates it.
Think you have an idea?
Let these three Dubliners give you a shot of inspiration.
Journalist, publisher, curator and Dubliner, Trevor White is one of those Dublin characters that could well be described as ‘part of the furniture’.
Along with Simon O’Connor, Trevor runs the Little Museum of Dublin – one of the guiding forces behind the idea of Uniquely Dublin.
So what makes Dublin unique?
It’s the friendliness of the place. That’s the reason people come here. Dublin is the friendliest city in the world and that’s what makes it unique.
So your perfect Dublin day?
Well, I’d begin with a look around the Little Museum of Dublin (of course!) in the morning. Lunch would be at Thornton’s on the Green. I’m convinced that Sean Thornton is the finest chef in Ireland. And I’d finish up the evening with a pint in Grogan’s pub.
Pat Liddy is a real multi-tasker. Historian, writer, award-winning tour guide – Pat’s Dublin Walking Tours have been awarded a certificate of excellence by Tripadvisor. He even finds time to be an artist too.
He also happens to know Dublin like the back of his hand.
What makes Dublin unique?
Dublin is small enough to get around easily but punches way above its weight in terms of history, heritage, handsomeness and unique stories. All the museums, visitor centres and places of interest are world-class standard. On top of that, the city is so close to beautiful coastal villages and beautiful mountain scenery.
Your perfect Dublin day?
Getting up early is a must, for a hearty Irish breakfast to give you the strength for a long day! Start with a lovely walk around the Merrion Square, the Georgian Quarter. Have a peek at the iconic Oscar Wilde statue and all the lovely nooks and crannies of the park. After that, pay a visit to the National Museum on Kildare Street to see Europe’s largest prehistoric gold and silver collection and the extraordinary Bog Bodies. Following a deserved cup of coffee in one of the nearby cafés, a visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells should follow. After a light lunch, walk in to see the unique House of Lords in the Bank of Ireland building, formerly the Irish Houses of Parliament in the 18th century. As for the evening, well that’s entirely another story!
Photographer Enda Cavanagh captures slices of country and moments in cityscapes that make us think twice about places we walk past daily. On the back of a recent Duality exhibition, Enda took some time to tell us what makes Dublin unique.
So what is it about Dublin?
What I love about Dublin is that it’s beside the sea. It’s where I draw much of my inspiration. I think it’s where I feel most grounded. I love the chaotic nature of the Dublin cityscape. You have these iconic structures around Dublin that are not exactly text-book beautiful but they have so much character. For example Poolbeg power station in Ringsend and the old swimming baths in South County Dublin which form the subject matter of my exhibition Duality.
Your perfect Dublin day?
A nice sunny morning or evening taking photographs along the coast. The light around Dun Laoghaire is quite incredible at times. I love photographing the swimming baths because I find them an escape from the sometimes hectic life of living in a city, especially at sunrise. I often walk to the lighthouse on Dun Laoghaire pier and lie down on the concrete ledge looking at the sky where I could lie for hours. I also love shooting at Poolbeg in the morning. It’s funny, everyone’s attitude seems to change there. Walkers quite often stop for a chat when I’m taking photos. Something I couldn’t imagine if we encountered each other 15 minutes walk from there!
If you think you know what makes Dublin unique, you can enter the competition here.
Closing date for entries is 5:00pm GMT on Monday January 28th 2013.