One of the most popular public programs funded by our friends at Dublin City Council is the seasonal series of free, guided strolls around the city: Let’s Walk and Talk. On August 18, they kicked off the autumn season of Let’s Walk and Talk with a great tour of St. Stephen’s Green, hosted by Irish biologist, TV personality, and author Éanna Ní Lamhna.
All Let’s Walk and Talk featured tours take a closer look at a specific neighborhood, exploring its history, its buildings, and its notable residents. This time, the history was a natural history, and the notable residents were the plants and animals of Dublin’s busiest urban park.
In one short hour, I—and several dozen other locals at this well-attended walk—took a look at the trees and birds and bugs of this busy park, thanks to our urban wildlife expert guide. Being lunchtime on a sunny Irish day, the park was jammed with lunchers and lovers sprawled out in the grass.
The autumn schedule continues into October, with more highlight walks hosted by Dublin historians Pat Liddy, Joe McCarthy, Sally Corcoran, and more. Let’s Walk and Talk has also unveiled new self-guided walking guides for Donnybrook, Ranelagh, and others to come, available from letswalkandtalk.ie. There are showcase walks scheduled for weekends, lunchtimes, and evenings, so anyone can catch one of these free chances to learn more about the ins and outs of our great city.
Check out the autumn schedule of highlight tours, as well as the volunteer-led weekly walking groups on the River Dodder, the Royal Canal, the Grand Canal, Phoenix Park, and others around Dublin. You’re sure to meet some great new people, and you might even learn something!