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Secrets of the south: Top 10 things to do on trip to the Republic of Ireland – even if you can’t get to the pub 

As indoor hospitality remains closed, a former resident advises on what to see if you’re heading for a visit

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Enniskerry has been transformed into a Disney wonderland for film Disenchanted

Enniskerry has been transformed into a Disney wonderland for film Disenchanted

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Take the 10-minute trip to Dursey Island

Take the 10-minute trip to Dursey Island

The Little Museum of Dublin has over 5,000 artefacts

The Little Museum of Dublin has over 5,000 artefacts

Aerial view of Spike Island, dubbed Ireland's Alcatraz

Aerial view of Spike Island, dubbed Ireland's Alcatraz

Marsh's Library has been in existence since 1707

Marsh's Library has been in existence since 1707

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Enniskerry has been transformed into a Disney wonderland for film Disenchanted

From a picture perfect moment worthy of Walt Disney himself, to an escape room adventure on a boat moored in Dublin, to closing your eyes on a 10-minute sea crossing, there’s plenty to enjoy over the border. This is by no means an exhaustive list and do check for updates regarding social distancing regulations before you get into the car and get driving.

Could it be magic?

Taxi requests to Enniskerry were up 142% in May, and all because of visitors hoping for a glimpse — and photo op — of the town given the Disney touch while Hollywood stars filmed the Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted. Local shops were given magical modifications with colourful facades and new names befitting their Disney status: a trip to Beauty and the Book, anyone? Or Potions, Notions and Lotions? While Enniskerry is no stranger to filmmaking, this Wicklow wonderland definitely has to be seen, and enjoyed, to be believed. Actors and crew are believed to be returning on July 21 so there’s time to get down and get snapping before the shoot restarts.

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