Tag: Ireland

Our last night in Dublin, Oct 30, we went to the Samhain Haunted Forest walk in Marlay Park. The walk thru the park was just over a kilometer (tho we we walked considerably further to get there since we somehow took the wrong bus). The route is wired with speakers with spooky sounds and there are several vignettes with live actors, but it’s not a…

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Dublin street art

Posted by February 21, 2012

One of the great many things about Europe is the amount of public art—statues, fountains and murals are everywhere. Even our neighboring Vlodrop, NL, with a population under 3000, has sculptures along the roadway. (They’re people sitting or raising an arm as if looking to catch a ride. I have pictures…somewhere.) Dublin is no different. This is certainly not the best of what Dublin has…

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Churches of Dublin

Posted by February 18, 2012

Some pictures from two of Dublin’s most famous churches: Christ Church Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1028. The church has a long history which I won’t even attempt to summarize (lazy). Read it here. Among the more interesting things: There is a mummified cat and rat and a crypt that you can rent for weddings (weird) and other events….

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Our last day in Ireland I walked around Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Trinity College was founded in 1592. How lucky to be a student here today. And how lucky for me to go there by myself while Matt and the kids watched TV at the apartment (ha ha). I had intended to walk thru their library since I read about the floor-to-ceiling walls of…

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So Dublin Castle, not really a castle. What it is/was is the seat of government when the British ruled Ireland (until 1922). There was once a Danish Viking fortress here (in the 930s), Norman fortification (1170s) and later an English castle, but all that is left today are archeological relics and the Record Tower—the turret-like structure which dates to 1228 (from the English castle). Most…

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The Jameson distillery is no longer in use; it’s now more of a museum on the history/process of making Irish whiskey. In the front (public space), there’s a bar, restaurant, gift shop and a glass floor where you can see where barrels were once stored. The tour takes you thru the back rooms. It’s guided tour with a short film. Everyone gets a free drink…

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Malahide Castle is outside Dublin (in Malahide), a short train ride away. Up until 1973 it was a private residence. The same family lived there from 1185, and it’s purportedly haunted. Sounds cool and it gets good reviews, but have to say: not impressed. On the tour you go thru a few rooms in the castle. They are full of great art and antiques, but…

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One of the reasons I love to travel in the summer is: it doesn’t get dark until almost 10. Still there’s something magical that happens when a city is bathed in floodlights. These pics are from our walk back from the Porterhouse near Trinity College our fourth night in Dublin. We happened on Occupy Dame Street. Matt stood there with Nicholas on his shoulders while…

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