Wild Lights and winter in Dublin – Tanya Sweeney plays tourist in her (former) hometown

Bright lights at Dublin Zoo, Santa at Croke Park and a Vintage Tea Trip are all on the menu during a winter weekend in Dublin

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Tanya Sweeney

Here’s a question: can you ever really become a tourist in the city where you were born, raised and, until a few years ago, lived in?

I’ve been a regular visitor to Dublin city since I moved away, but the visits have been fleeting, and often work-related. There’s very rarely been a chance to experience the rhythms of Dublin for any length of time, not to mention the attractions that, as a local, I have often overlooked.