In Dublin’s fair city (Day 9 Prompt)


Dublin. It’s not that I love the city particularly, it’s that I love that I moved there when I was 18. Dublin was the first stop on my growing-up adventure and I love what it represents. I loved going to University there. I love how beautiful the old architecture is. I love that it was familiar and foreign all in one breath.

The Dublin I remember was multi-cultural and at times, incredibly insular. It was pubs, smoke and politics; it was parades, protests and being tossed over someone’s shoulder as we ran down O’Connell Street at 1 am. It was folk music and techno, tequila shots and tattoos; it was art, movies and smoking in Burger King. It was first-love, heartache and near-death; it was mistakes, triumphs and life-altering decisions.

Finally, Dublin is where I first heard the heartbeat and felt the belly-kick of the young man who is officially as tall as his mother.

I love it, but I’d never go back.

I love what Dublin was, and I know the city itself has changed in the 13 years since I’ve been. I may love it yet, if I was to give it a chance, or I may not. I think letting it be in my memory is the best – and most honest – tribute I can give it.

So, I bid Dublin farewell and look up the next stop on my growing-up adventure: why, London… Hello!


About KM Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, KM Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first book, Changelings: Into the Mist, a young adult historical fantasy is available now on Amazon and Barns and Noble. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

15 comments on “In Dublin’s fair city (Day 9 Prompt)

  1. Reblogged this on The D/A Dialogues and commented:

    Still AWOL today, but I thought I’d share my thoughts on my favorite city, from Day 9 of the Creative Writing Challenge. Enjoy!

  2. I love Dublin too! But I have to say that because I live there! 😀

    • 🙂 That definitely puts marks in its favor! I loved every second of being there, and if life hadn’t intervened how and when it did, I probably would still be in Ireland or somewhere close!

  3. Great tribute and description. It carries a ‘you can’t always go home’ feel.

    • It does – which is funny, because it was only home for a little while. But while I was there, I was very possessive of it, as though I had been there for quite a bit longer.

      • Some places simply click with you. I’ll be honest that I’ve never had a place that I truly felt attached to.

      • I don’t anymore. Once I left Ireland, I lost the focus of place. I have a love of certain houses and things, but could take-or-leave the town they’re in. I could move tomorrow and be just as content – I’d miss a few people, but the internet, telephone and skype are marvelous things!

      • That’s where I am. More interested in the people than the places. Though, I will still say that I hated Florida because of the heat and craziness.

  4. The trials, tribulations, freedoms and joys of youth…all of those learning experiences that have made us the wonderful people that we are. (Mine was the mere 6 months I spent in NYC, I grew up and become more worldly during that brief time.)

    • Indeed – I always laugh with my parents, that life would have been different if they had allowed me to move to NYC, which was my first choice, before I found out I could live in Ireland with my dual passport!

  5. Reblogged this on Dean'z Doodlez and commented:

    Ah, a post about my hometown/city! Love it! ^.^

  6. Everything changes, but some memories last forever. Nice post, Katie 🙂

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