A Dubliner's Berlin

In 2002, on his 50th birthday, Martin Duffy celebrated the beginning of a new life.  Having lived in Dublin all his life up to then (excepting a year in Manhattan and several months in the UK making films), he pulled up his roots for good to submit himself to a new city.  Berlin, one of the great capitals of Europe, was where he had found love.

Berlin is a city reinvented many times, just as Martin was reinventing himself.

Martins book, A Dubliner' Berlin, is the document of this tremendous change in his life, discovering on his path a new kind of urbanity, coming to grips with a new extended family, not to mention overcoming a new language.

Besides being a heartwarming and often comical personal account, A Dubliner's Berlin is an excellent modern guide to this ever-changing city at the center of Europe's consciousness, containing relevant directions, recommendations and savvy advice for anyone wishing to either relocate there or learn more about the city through a foreigners experiences.

Martin and Claudia, Rathaus Schoneberg, Wedding Day

Here are two articles by Martin related to the book, written within the same timeframe, though not included.

To learn about Berlin's independent film-house scene, read Berlin Cinemas.

For Martins impressions and experiences of Japan, read Ability Gardens.

Here is an excluded passage from the "A Dubliner's Berlin", a fun excursion from the city,
and a good account of an Irishman on the Autobahn.