Last week, the famous travel publication issued a supposed list of Ireland’s Top Ten beaches. To say the list lacked credibility down here in the People's Republic is somewhat of an understatement. We had to double check it wasn’t published on April 1.
As if the insult that not one of Cork’s magnificent, pristine, blue flag paradise-on-earth offerings wasn’t enough, they included a beach... in Dublin!
The brass neck of then. This would be like if you had selected Dustin the Turkey as man-of-the-match when Cork whipped Dublin in the hurling last year.
You have to laugh, though. Lonely Planet describe the attributes of Killiney “beach” in Dublin as “long” and “stony”. To be fair, there are builders provider yards in Cork that would qualify under that criteria.
Lying out on a stony beach is like trying to sleep on a bed of nails. And what kid will take you seriously if you suggest they make stone castles with their bucket and spade?
Killiney is a seaside ‘stone quarry’ at best so it should be disqualified on that basis alone.
The next thing that’ll supposedly have visitors flocking there is that, wait til ye hear this one... Bono and Enya live nearby!
Surely, this should be classed as some sort of health warning, along with other concerning traits like ‘not that far from Sellafield Nuclear Plant’?
If you did end up on this particular ‘coastal gravel pit’ and you set yourself up to balm out and close the eyes for a few minutes to daydream about how daycint Cork is, imagine how much it would wreck your buzz if you suddenly heard Bono or Enya warbling in the distance or talking loudly on speaker phone?
You’d be forgiven for descending into a rage, picking up one of the many nearby bags of discarded nappies and flinging them at the local Dubs balmed out nearby.
Sail away! Sail away! Quick, boy!
In fairness, if all of the beaches, strands and waterside areas in Ireland were ranked in order, Killiney beach would still trail behind places in Cork like that quare patch of mud in the River Lee that emerges by the Mercy Hospital at low tide, or the dry bit of Raffeen creek in Monkstown that overlooks Pfizer’s steamy Viagra factory.
The bar to qualify for this so-called Top 10 looks to be lower than a night out with Dublin’s top underpants-fighter Conor McGregor (and in the latter part of his career, he does seem to be spending a lot of time lying on his back so you might see him laid out on the stony canvas in Killiney too).
In all seriousness, you’d expect better from Lonely Planet. With any credible, independent, peer-reviewed, hand-crafted, organic, gluten-free, proper list of Ireland’s top ten beaches, it’s hard to see how any beaches outside Cork could possibly make the cut.
Our beaches have more blue flags than a Scottish independence march and more all- star awards than a team of Pat Horgans, yet somehow the Peoples Republic of Beaches didn’t even register a single entry on the Baloney Planet’s scandalous Top Ten Beaches in Ireland...
Unless, of course, they consider Cork to be an independent state and no longer part of Ireland — which would certainly stop us in our tracks and suddenly proclaim it an excellent publication.
But, there’s no evidence for that now so let’s surf the wave of Rebel rage — are we going to take this grave insult to Cork lying down?
To hell we are. Somebody has to stand up and advocate for honest, unbiased journalism. That’s why next Monday on echoilive.ie we will bring you ‘Ireland’s Real Top Ten Beaches’.
As well as a highly impartial guide to the actual best beaches in Ireland, it will also be more reassurance for Corkonians that what ye thought was just a list written by some Dublin feen with an anti-Cork bias, is exactly that. And that all the best beaches are in Cork.