Susan O’Keeffe: Lonely Planet’s view of Dublin is different to the reality for so many of its citizens

A proper sustainable city would tear up every guide book, every top ten and every bucket list of places to visit before I die list

28th October, 2021
Susan O’Keeffe: Lonely Planet’s view of Dublin is different to the reality for so many of its citizens
‘Recently announced plans to tear down some of the city’s original fabric, as at Merchant’s Arch laneway, in order to build a new hotel, seem at odds with the idea of Dublin’ unique character being retained.’ Picture: Rollingnews.ie

Ironic that the global phenomenon that is Lonely Planet, (LP) should bear a name so at odds with its 21st century business. Ironic too that it now effectively removes the “loneliness” from various destinations around the globe, by including them in their designated “top 10” sections – top cities, top countries and top regions.

Dublin was listed this week as No 7 in its cities’ chart, because LP considers its “approach to...

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