This part of Dublin is close to my heart, as I grew up closeby and have so many great memories here. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Dublin market experience, there is no finer spot than the Liberties. Meath Street is definitely one of the most distinctive and colourful shopping areas in Dublin and you can find absolutely everything you need on its noisy streets. Forget designer brands and chain supermarkets, you’re more likely to be greeted with a familiar hello and sold some cheap chocolate bars or washing powder.
The street itself holds all of the characters that Roddy Doyle famously wrote about in ‘The Snapper’ and ‘The Van’ (two iconic Dublin movies that I HIGHLY recommend you watch before you get here). The locals are friendly, authentic and often very honest but always happy to help with directions, recommendations or just happy to sit and chat for a while. As well as the butchers, bakers and greengrocers there are clothing stores, markets and on-street stalls selling all kinds of everything. The picture I chose to represent the area is an iconic statue of the holy figure Mary which sort of represents the area and has inadvertently become a symbol of the Liberties and the Meath St area.