Meet Our Staff – Oliver

Name: Oliver Jordan Kelly
Age: 25
Where are you from: Dublin, Ireland
Hobbies: Music, cooking, cycling and gardening

Favorited country you have visited: Vietnam

Why is it your favourite? Vietnam was my favourite country I’ve visited because its vastly different to the places mostly in Europe I’ve been before. I loved the food here and that it was steeped in history

If someone else is travelling there, what should they see? I would recommend anyone to go and see Ha Long Bay. It is a huge Bay in northern Vietnam. Its one of the natural wonders of the world, with over 1500 different beautiful islands with giant caves and places to explore.

Dream destination you would like to visit next? Why? I would love to visit India, because of the food mostly, but I’ve heard through friends that have been there that the people are really friendly and nice and that the place is abundant in amazing natural beauty and strange (different?) traditions

Your favourite bar /pub in Dublin? Why? Whelan’s, Wexford Street. I like this bar because of music mostly, there are gigs on here every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a really good quality of musicians. There are also regularly music festivals on through the year, and a lovely pint of Guinness in Burkes bar in Whelan’s.


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 Your favourite restaurant in Dublin? Why? Govindas, there are two of these restaurants in the city one on Upper Abbey Street and another on Georges street. They serve really good vegetarian food and are open till 9pm.

How would your perfect day in Dublin look like? It would probably be a Sunday that started with a few daytime pints in Grogans and then maybe a nice cycle out to Howth or Bray followed by a swim and finish it off with some more nice pints with friends.

What should people not miss when visiting Dublin? Dublin Castle for sure! Dublin castle is a Norman structure with some original parts from 1204, when it was built. In the castle grounds there is a lovely outside green area called dubh linn gardens which is where Dublin gets its name from. There is also the amazing Chester Beaty library right next to it!

What are your favourite spots in Ireland? Where should travellers go after Dublin & why? The Grand Canal is lovely on a sunny day  for a nice walk or even chill out outing with friends and  few drinks. Then Howth, Howth is a peninsula in north Dublin it has a lovely hill for an easy hike with great  views out to sea. Not to mention the really good sea food. I also like IMMA, IMMA is the Irish museum of modern art, it has lots of different exhibitions that come and go with a lovely gardens to walk around as well. 

Irish expression everyone should know before coming to Ireland? Howya fixed! This kind of mean how are you but also depending on how it’s said could be used the same way Joey from friends uses “how you doin”