What's your favourite story to tell about Dublin?
I like the one about Adam Loftus. He was Archbishop of Armagh and
later Dublin, and Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1581. He was the first
Provost of Trinity College Dublin in 1592. He had over 21 children, one
of the descendants of his 21 kids left Ireland in the 18th century and was
one of Walt Disney’s Grandparents.
What hidden gems do you advise tourists to visit?
The International Bar. Traditional Victorian bar with music and comedy
and also Trocadero, a really cosy restaurant with a great atmosphere.
What question do you get asked the most about Dublin?
Are there really leprechauns in Dublin?
What's the strangest/funniest question you’ve been asked by a tourist?
There is a joke about the only statue of the invisible man in the world in the
Phoenix Park. I was once asked by a tourist, “how long must one stand there
for the man to become visible?” The statue was of George Howard, 7th Earl
of Carlisle. His statue was blown off on a particularly windy day in the 1950’s
and all that remains is the plinth with the invisible man standing on it.