I am a Dubliner, born and bred inside the Pale. I am proud of my roots, my history and most things Dublin. Some of our country cousins can begrudge us the privileges we enjoy from living in the ‘Big Smoke’. We have, amongst other attractions, the Luas electric tram system, an airport with two terminals, the Guinness Brewery and the boat to England.
It is traditional and reasonable for us Jackeens, as the Culchies like to call us, to suffer some inter-county hostility. Some of the rural dwellers believe that Cork is the real capital of the country. Others think that Galway is the cultural axis on which the world revolves. I refute these and many other illegitimate claims against our capital city. I am well brought up and I will not mention Dublin being the All Ireland Football Champions at present. That would be churlish.
I do have one big problem though. Despite years (many, many years) of planning, arguing, debating and procrastinating, Dublin does not have a really great food market. There is talk of one coming soon. But as of today, we are on the back foot.
I know some of ye will argue for the Sunday market in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire or the Temple Bar Food Market on a Saturday morning. There used to be a half decent effort in Leopardstown Racecourse before the depression began. These are all pale imitations of the two greats, the English Market in Cork and Limerick’s Milk Market.
The English Market got enough praise after Queen Elizabeth’s historic visit last year that I need not add to the clamour.
The Wife and myself enjoyed a fantastic morning in the Milk Market last weekend. Top quality produce, friendly people and brilliant displays were all around.
We were made very welcome. We had a great time tasting, smelling and ogling the fine foods. We left with some great memories and some really excellent fresh food.
I have to admit that Limerick has, for some, the spiritual home of Irish Rugby in Thomond Park. I will argue this one as Dublin has Lansdowne Road and the RDS, the respective homes of the Irish team and current European Champions, Leinster Rugby.
There is one thing that I can’t argue. We have nothing in Dublin like Limerick’s Milk Market or Cork’s English Market.
Inter-county score: Culchies 2 – Jackeens 0 (Damn it!)