24 Hour Challenge: Dublin


Making a flying visit to the Irish capital?  You’d be surprised how much you can see in just 24 hours:

12.30pm: Check-in and check out the rock and roll decor of your room at The Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street. The hotel’s 52 bedrooms are kitted out with Marshall amps, classic vinyl records and enough Nespresso coffee to kick-start your 24-hour break.

1.15pm: First up on this whistle-stop tour of Dublin, drop in at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church on Aungier Street. Light a candle and visit the relics of Saint Valentine. The relics were donated to the church in the 19th century by Pope Gregory XVI and are today displayed within a shrine located on the side altar. Every year on February 14th, they take pride of place on the high altar during special masses to celebrate the saint’s feast day. But no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find it’s a lovely example of an authentic Dublin city-centre church.

2pm: Dublin playwright George Bernard Shaw once said “there is no love sincerer than the love of food”, with these wise words ringing in your ears, continue down Aungier Street to San Lorenzo’s on South Great George’s Street. The huge portions in this New York-st