To a London hack hitting the streets and the meeting rooms of Dublin for the first time since coronavirus struck, Ireland’s capital is abuzz, perhaps more so than usual. Somewhat inexplicably, there are excited hordes of Americans wherever you turn, many of whom look as if they’ve just stepped off the set of a spaghetti western.
All becomes clear in the first coffee meeting of the day. ‘Garth Brooks is playing five shows at Croke Park,’ laments one managing partner, with an eye-roll. ‘It’s bloody desperate.’ Clearly not a fan.