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This wasn’t easy, to be sure. Again, we’ve had to trawl through quite a number of comments – some entertaining, some heartrending.
We’re very pleased to be able to give away this prize on St. Patrick’s Day, in celebration of Ireland’s patron saint. Who knows – next year we could give you the chance to actually join in the St. Patrick’s Day revelry in Dublin.
A great big thank you to the Castle Hotel in Dublin, whose generosity has made this possible. The lucky winner is bound to have a grand time staying in a double room for two nights and enjoying a free breakfast on each morning.
I’d better quit my jibber jabber and get down to announcing the winner.
Despite the popularity of Irish bars in Amsterdam, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t really stir the Dutch like Gay Pride does. Thankfully, we’re not ones to buy into opting out, so to mark the occasion we’re giving away another fabulous prize.
If you’ve ever dreamt of promenading the exotic shores of Dublin, this could be your best chance to smuggle yourself onto the Emerald Isle. Here’s what you could win:
It might be down to the company I keep, but too often when I hear someone talking about their recent city trip to Dublin, all I get is a list of anonymous pubs and a catalogue of intoxicated antics. Even beyond this, you don’t need a BA in Travel and Tourism to reel off the names of attractions like Trinity College, Phoenix Park, Temple Bar and Grafton Street. The Celts are fiercely proud of their culture, so I’m convinced that Dublin has more to offer.
I’ve asked Francisco, Account Manager for Spanish destinations, for some insider info on this city. Why should he be an expert? Unlike me, who has never set foot on the Emerald Isle, Francisco lived there for almost two years. No wonder I can’t understand a word he says. Anyway, he’ll guide you through some slightly lesser-known Dublin experiences that will add a great deal of substance to your trip.
Ophidiophobics might be relieved to find that all Dublin hotel rooms boast a distinct absence of snakes in their bathtubs. How can we be so sure? The banishment of serpents from Ireland was one of the many great services to tourism performed by the legendary St. Patrick way back in the 5th century. Hence, the freedom to wash without fear is ritually celebrated in the form of Lá Fhéile Pádraig (St. Patrick’s Day), and is one of Irelands’ most popular exports. Particularly prevalent in Western Europe and the north-east USA, you don’t necessarily need to be on the Emerald Isle to indulge in such a worthy celebration.
You could, for instance, visit the centre of Catholicism itself. Rome’s St. Patrick’s Church, near Villa Borghese, opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1911 and is the place to first confess your sins and be purged before hitting the town for some serious celebration. Rome’s Annual Celtic Ball – a black tie event comprised of a champagne reception followed by dinner and dancing – will be held in Corsia Della Donne. Alternatively, you could participate in the ‘all-you-can-drink’ pub crawl for EUR 20, with a good helping of Irish dancing and singing thrown in. A few Irish pubs to try are Druids’ Den near the Colosseum, Flann O’briens in Via Nazionale, and Sholars Lounge near Piazza Venezia.