I lived in Dublin for about a decade before visiting Howth. From across Dublin Bay it looks rather bland - I'd somehow managed never to realise that most of the interesting stuff was on the north side of the peninsula. (Should I stop writing now?)
Howth in good weather is beautiful. The sea air helps the atmosphere, as does the isolation from the rest of the city. So I'm pleased to see that local businesses there have gotten together for a new promotion, Howth for 2010. The concept is that each of the participants offers something for €20.10. Most of them are restaurants.
OK, so it's a bit inconvenient to actually charge €20.10 and not a nice round €20, but it's reminded me of how nice Howth is and that I want to go back there this summer, and that's just fine.