*this is my dublin, with Orlagh Nolan

Last updated Jun 10, 2024

Dublin: the city for wearing your heart on your sleeve, and the crest on your chest.

We’re kicking off a content series called *this is my Dublin with those who do both! Our *this is my Dublin blogs will take the shape of guides to the very best of Dublin. From top-notch restaurant recommendations to uncovering hidden gems, exploring lesser-known pubs, and discovering picturesque scenic spots, you’re sure to find somewhere or something new.

A talented athlete, Orlagh Nolan is known for her impressive hat-trick of goals during a match at Parnell Park, helping Dublin secure a third-place finish in the National Football League Division. Catching up on all things Dublin with Orlagh, she took us from urban to rural all across the city and beyond. It’s safe to say Orlagh is a big fan of her hometown.

A go-to for food?

Orlagh’s pick for food is Wall & Keogh in Portobello, which she loves for their friendly staff and chilled vibes. A great spot for a relaxed breakfast, lunch, or sweet treats, they’re also famous for their extensive selection of wonderful loose-leaf teas. The founder of the cafe spent many years backpacking around the globe, during which time he worked on Tea plantations in Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil and then coffee plantations in Guatemala.

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Best place for coffee?

Trails Café in Ticknock is Orlagh’s top spot for coffee, though they also have a coffee truck in Ballinastoe Woods if you find yourself there in need of a pick-me-up. Orlagh's coffee order? A simple americano with a dash of milk, after which she’s ready to hit the surrounding mountain bike trails! But more on that a little later…

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Where to go for evening drinks?

According to Orlagh, it has to be The Blue Light pub. Nestled at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, The Blue Light has been a beacon for music and craic for 300 years, and boasts unbeatable views of the city below. You’ll always find Orlagh and her teammates here after All Ireland Final week! One thing in particular that Oralgh loves about this spot, is the welcoming, roaring fire.

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A lesser known place?

For a gorgeous walk and fabulous views of the city, Orlagh’s choice is Poolbeg Lighthouse. Blow away the cobwebs with a short 4km loop walk, or for a longer two-hour ramble, you can begin your walk at Sandymount Strand. This lovely, lesser-known spot is the perfect place to watch the sunset on a sunny day.

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A must-visit?

A must for a thrill-seeker like Orlagh is Ticknock. Located in the Dublin mountains, Orlagh recommends hiring a mountain bike up and exploring the 12km of singletrack which includes 6 red trails and 1 black trail. The trails take the rider through beautiful forest with fantastic views over Dublin City and Bay and the Wicklow Mountains beyond. 



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Advice from a local?

Bring a raincoat! As Orlagh rightly points out, a rain shower is never too far away when you’re in Dublin. With the right attire though, nothing can stop you from getting out there and enjoying all the city has to offer.

You can watch Orlagh'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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