Connemara, Co Galway
★ Rating: 9/10
The term “hidden gem” has lost all meaning. What’s hidden to one sits in plain sight to another. Even the definition of “gem” differs. Does it relate to value? A unique setting or take on service? Is it all about experiencing the unexpected?
Social media content-creating pseudo-experts claim to have “stumbled upon” some hidden gem or another, smugly divulging deets to audiences like a blackbird dispensing an earthworm into the squawking beaks of its young. Whether it’s a “date night” restaurant or “press for entry” speakeasy — spoiler alert: whatever is being claimed is a hidden gem is most probably not one.
Can we agree to put this clichéd phrase to bed?
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Here’s one clear example: the static street-food