I moved to our capital city in 2000 and like many people from “the country” in my first few years I spent most of my weekends heading west, rarely spending weekends in Dublin. Over the years, this has changed and I now spend my down time in the city.
Over the years, I’ve discovered what Dublin city has to offer and I believe it is one of the finest capital cities in the world, not only for its culture and character but also from an outdoor recreation perspective.
Think about it, not only has Dublin got one of the biggest urban parks in the world – our beloved Phoenix Park, we also have a patchwork of great public parks right across the city (including St. Anne’s, Marley, Liffey Valley, Griffin, Stephens Green, Deerpark, Bushypark, Cabinteely & Tymon and War Memorial parks).
We have fantastic coastal areas like Howth, Bull Island, Ringsend and Sandymount where everyone can enjoy the coast and Dublin bay, We have our scenic Dublin mountains which provide spectacular view over the city and bay, and we have lots of waterways and rivers to stroll along and enjoy, including the Liffey, Dodder, Grand and Royal Canals.
All of this makes Dublin City a fantastic place to be active in the outdoors and it’s great to see more and more people getting out running, walking, cycling, paddling and doing all sorts of sports and classes in our public parks and green spaces. It’s also great to see so many families, older folks and people from all walks of life using our parks and green spaces. It’s a green city, and has a lot to offer so my advice is to go discover and enjoy it
Tonight’s programme in Tracks & Trails will be based in Dublin and I hope it gives people a few ideas on places to visit and trails to discover in our capital city.
Cormac MacDonnell – National Trails Office