*this is my dublin, with Cian O'Sullivan

Last updated Jun 14, 2024

Next up in our *this is my Dublin content series is Dublin hurling star, Cian O’Sullivan, who takes us through some of his personal favourite haunts and experiences in Dublin.

A Castleknock native, Cian plays for Dublin Championship club St. Brigid’s, and at an inter-county level with the Dublin senior hurling team. Cian reckons that the beauty of a smaller city is that epic experiences are easy to have in one day. Huge thanks to Cian for giving us the inside track on how he recommends getting the most out of our fantastic city.

Go-to for food?

Tang on Abbey Street is the café of choice for Cian, and his regular order is their freshly made flatbread with chickpeas and spicy chicken. Known for it’s wonderful food and excellent service, Tang are passionate about serving food the way it should be – nutritious, healthy, and most importantly, delicious! Tang now have three cafes dotted around Dublin, and they serve breakfast, lunch, brunch as well as dinner in their Cumberland Place café.

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Best place for coffee?

Shoe Lane beside Tara Street train station is Cian’s regular for coffee. Close to Trinity where he went to college and studied Geology (yes, he is a multi-talented guy!), he’s a big fan of their croissants and fruit scones. If you’re planning a trip to the coast, they also now have a coffee shop by the sea in Dun Laoghaire, too.

Where to go for evening drinks?

Chaplin’s is Cian’s favourite spot for a tipple with friends, preferably in one of the cosy old snugs. A quiet, traditional pub nestled in the city centre, the old-style interior adds to the charm of the place. They run regular trad music nights, and serve pizza too. What more could you want from a pub?

A lesser-known place?

To discover a little of lesser-known Dublin, Cian recommends hopping on the DART and heading to Dalkey for a dip at the Vico baths. Whether you’re a seasoned sea-swimmer or a total newbie to cold-water plunges, it’s worth it for the fabulous views of Killiney Bay.

A must-visit?

Cian’s must-visit is the EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum located in the Docklands on Custom House Quay. You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold here, but you will the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world.

Advice from a local?

Unsurprisingly, Cian recommends making sure you get to a GAA, hurling or camogie game – for the atmosphere, the unforgettable experience and to see some of the very best sportsmanship in the world (if we do say so ourselves). 

You can watch Cian's full video here.

Stay tuned for more from *this Is my Dublin, a series of guides to the very best of Dublin according to those who live here and love it.

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