Irish Hospitality, Dublin
The thing I'll remember most about my trip to Dublin is how incredibly friendly the locals were! Of course, the local VTers were great, but even just the regular folks that I ran into in pubs and on the streets were welcoming. They really seem to appreciate visitors who appreciate their city. So come with enthusiasm and you'll be greeted likewise.
Dubliners are the nicest and more polite people I've ever met. (I guess all irish are the same I just didn't meet anyone from outside Dublin). This marks a complete diference between them and their english neighbours to me. I couldn't believe how welcoming and nice they are, it is like they loved tourists which is something that doesn't happen often in other major cities.
You will find that people stop by you and ask if you need directions or help of any kind. If they step on you or push you they will say "sorry" (this does not happen anymore in places like Paris, London, etc) and whenever they can they say "thank you a million "and "have a nice day", "hello" and talk to you but always in a nice way and with a smile on their face. I was just amazed on how nice they are.
So dont be afraid of talking to people on the street, ask for directions or simply what time it is, you will always find your answer and a smile.
Strange as it is, traffic is obliged to use the wrong lane, the left. Tourists are not used to it. Dubliners know their problem and decrease their velocity or they stop to let the tourist pass the road.
I must say the Irish are good ol' wacky people who are extremely genuine and hospitable not to forget one of the friendliest people I've ever met. The accent is just kinda hot and such a turned on! Lol...
People coming to Ireland with children, especially from mainland europe, are often surprised at how unchildfriendly Dublin can be. For example children (under 18) are not allowed into bars after 9pm. Fair enough you might think-I don't want my child cavorting with a load of drunks, but bear in mind that the pub in Ireland holds the same place as cafes on the continent in that they are where families and communities get together. Also it is where you'll be likely to hear trad music. These draconian laws are fairly new and an effort to curb underage drinking but I can't help thinking it's a little sad.