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Dublin in Words

By Visit Dublin

11th December 2014

Over the years, Dublin has been the muse of many a talented wordsmith. But one poem in particular perfectly evokes the city’s unique atmosphere, rich history and “seedy elegance”. Belfast poet Louis MacNeice wrote ‘Dublin’ in 1939, and though it wasn’t his home, its authenticity moved him deeply; “I was not born or bred or schooled here, and she will not have me alive or dead, but yet, she holds my mind”...

In this beautiful video, Dublin poet Stephen James Smith recites the poem over a series of stunning, thought-provoking images of the city. These highlight the many different elements that make each visitor’s trip to Dublin truly unique. MacNeice’s honest words are as evocative today as when they are written, referencing Dublin’s fascinating history; “All her ghosts that walk and all that hide behind her Georgian facades”, as well as the complex relationship its had with the many visitors who arrived at its shores over the years; “Fort of the Dane, Garrison of the Saxon, Augustan capital of a Gaelic nation.”

So why not follow in MacNeice’s footsteps as you create your own Dublin experience; enjoy “porter, running from the taps with a head of yellow cream” at one of our many pubs, or gaze at the majestic Liffey as “the sun comes up in the morning like barley sugar on the water”. 

MacNeice isn’t the only one drawn to the city. Edwina Elizabeth relocated to Dublin from Athy, Co. Kildare, while Nathalie Courtney Marquez moved from somewhere slightly further afield; Mexico! In these pieces by the two bloggers, they explain what makes Dublin so special.

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