I’ve been running the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour for the past 20 years, bringing people around the city, showing them the sites of the Easter Rising. It’s not just for tourists, either. Sometimes these days you’ll get 95% Irish people on the tour. It’s great that we take a real interest in our own history, especially in this centenary year.
I do feel like I have a responsibility to show the good and bad of Dublin; it’s a great city, and a safe city, and I like bringing people around and saying ‘This is where it’s really at…’. Places like Moore Street, that might not be the cleanest, most fabulously tourist-orientated places, but nonetheless they are the real Dublin. There is an alternative to Grafton Street and the Dundrum Shopping Centre (laughs).
The tour is a bit of a history lesson, but I love having a bit of craic with people – that’s the absolute reason why people come to Ireland in the first place. They want to enjoy themselves. They don’t just want a bunch of dates. A bit of interaction with the people on the streets is always fantastic fun. There’s always some fella who wants to get involved; inevitable, his grandfather had been in the GPO in 1916. Sometimes I think everybody’s grandad must have been there, I hear it that often (laughs).