As we rush around Dublin City, we tend to ignore the buildings that form our history and culture as they become familiar background to our daily lives.
But each and every one of these spaces form a fascinating history; many have borne witness to iconic events, and most have been home to intriguing characters.
Our capital city is the perfect size to walk around, and now a new guidebook invites visitors and curious locals to emulate Joyce's Leopold Bloom in strolling through the streets.
Dublin's long history has had a visible impact on its architecture: waves of invaders and the attempts by Dubliners to shake them off have left their marks. The 1916 Rising, for example, not only led to te end of British rule, but also to the destruction of some parts of the city.
However, the Georgian era saw gracious streets and squares being laid out, while the Celtic Tiger filled in a lot of the city's derelict sites with sometimes thoughtful regeneration projects.
Each era has left its mark, and the result is a city of fascinating layers.
With clear maps, expert architectural insights and lively historical detail, Dublin Strolls is an easy-to-follow trip around our wonderful city.
Filled with little-known facts as well as hidden Dublin, locals and tourists are sure to discover a lot.
Published by The Collins Press, it is available now.