Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus via James Joyce have the monopoly on day-long treks round Dublin and its environs. Much still remains of the Dublin they knew. and the vigorous hum (one million Dubliners blethering) ofthc city lives on.

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done it so well - because there is something in the air that eludes definition. Something that Dubliners inhale. and that makes them laugh a lot. chat blithely to everyone and anyone. Something that makes an atmosphere of celebration. for which the haphazardly-calculated Millennium is merely the current excuse. ()ne

thousand years of Dublin will make for an enormous party in July.

Aboard the Ryanair plane. the witty air-hostesses set us on the right track. In the taxi from airport to guest house. the driver explains the blanket 55mph limit on Irish roads. ‘See. we‘re easy-going here in Ireland. We‘re in no hurry.‘ Just so— as all sit patiently in pub after pub. waiting for that velvety Guinness to settle.

Green strikes the eyes. Letter boxes. buses. POSTsigns. railings. benches. flags. trains. tourist guides all done out in various tones of green. Foliage is lush too.

A bucking 19A bronco bus takes us into town. The newsagent has warned us: ‘We‘re expensive here. But the drink is good. It‘ll curl your hair.‘ In the main thoroughfare. O‘Connell Street. we find our bearings c/o the imperative Tourist Information Office. Over the Liffey. past Trinity College and up precinctualised Grafton Street. home of trendy shops and fast food eateries. Young girls skip into burger bars in their white confirmation frocks. We hang a left into Duke Street. location oftwo recommended hostelries. I am keen to avoid the cost of a perm. In the Bailey Bar are more trendies. In the Bailey Restaurant is Bloom‘s front door. Some glasses oquinness later (two half-pints and two bags of peanuts comes to £2) and we head over the road to the Davy Byrne bar.

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It has been up-graded since Ibth June. 1904 (and there are many that haven‘t been).

In Harry Street. McDaid‘s is a classical pub. That is original. with painted brown walls to hide the smoke stains. lovely old tiles and more Guinness. Dublin pubs. sighs my companion. are the best in the world. They make no concession to anything but drink. No chrome. no music. no things new-fangled.

At the top of Grafton Street is an urban Arcadia. St Stephen‘s Green. Courting couples canoodle in the sun. old men pass the time of day and the Guinness waxes lyrical. Just east of here. the Georgian splendour of the city begins in earnest. Along from Merrion Row (to which we shall return) is Baggot Street Lower. The shop fronts are real olde worlde shoppe fronties. Doheny and Nesbitt. which promises innocently that it is a ‘Tea and Wine Merchant‘, does in fact house wooden cubicles. wrought-iron tables with marble tops and still more Guinness. Nearby. Fitzwilliam Square is brick Georgian. fine and exclusive.

Back-tracking. we meet a gentleman called The Fiddler in ()‘Donoghue‘s bar. Merrion Row. which has the genuine sawdust part ofthc spit on its floors. It is packed and covered wall-to-wall with photos ofThe Dubliners. The Fiddler has his fiddle on his knee and has clearly kissed too many blarney stones. He talks on and we are transfixed.

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62 The List 13 26 May 1988