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April 3, 2010
From journal 30th B-day Trip
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
March 28, 2007
From journal A Day in Dublin, a Taste of Music and Guinness
Huntington Beach, California
March 1, 2006
From journal It Felt Like Home
October 4, 2005
From journal 10-Day Trip to Ireland
December 12, 2004
Merchants Arch, the traditional entrance to the Temple Bar, leads to a short, narrow, and dark alley lined with shops–it feels a bit like the beginnings of a bazaar–and then opens up into the bright modern area known as the Temple Bar Square. The area of Temple Bar is named after Sir William Temple, who acquired the land in the 1600s and "bar" refers to (I didn’t know this until we visited Dublin) a riverside path. By the mid 1800s it was a thriving business area that was, following a period of serious decline, rejuvenated in the 1960s when artists and retailers "invaded" the neglected buildings.
Now it’s a buzzing place full of high-quality restaurants, coffeeshops, small exclusive shops, and of course, artists’ outlets and studios. Weave your way through the cobbled streets and alleyways, observe the overstated murals on some of the buildings, and just take in the atmosphere. If you’re like us, you’ll double back on yourself, but it really won’t matter, as the place is alive in the daytime. At night it’s positively buzzing.
At the far end of Temple Bar is the winding Fishamble Street, which has history going back to the mid 1600s, when it was the focus of the local fish trade. Also, it was in a building, long since demolished, on this street that Handel conducted the debut performance of Messiah.
Cross over Dame Street and head for the castle district. We didn’t have time to tour the castle, but there are some photo opportunities en route, along with some superb old properties, including the hostel for sick "room keepers," founded in 1790, and "the Long Hall," housing a typical old-fashioned Irish bar (not quite sure what that’s like now that Ireland has imposed its non-smoking rule).
The Powerscourt Townhouse was originally a mansion built in the 1770s for Viscount Powerscourt (whoever he might have been!), but is now an exclusive shopping centre for specialist galleries, antique shops, and jewellers. It has retained several original features, including some fine stuccowork, while a glass dome encloses a central courtyard, making it a good place to take an afternoon tea. Whilst you’re in shopping mode, take a trip to the nearby Covered Market on Drury Street, especially good for antique jewellery, but also for an interesting mosey.
When walking around this district, keep looking upwards, as there are some interesting signs, decorated facades, and wall plaques. These can be spotted particularly along the banks of the Liffey, away from O’Connell Bridge. We liked the terracotta decoration on the Sunlight Chambers on Essex Quay that confirmed its main purpose of a soap manufacturer.
From journal Days in Dublin
Cary, North Carolina
October 27, 2002
We ended up in Temple Bar on our first visit by mere coincidence (seems we found a lot of our Dublin activities that way), as it's where the Number 50 bus dropped us off. It's also a hop, skip and a jump from Trinity College.
Mostly Temple Bar is a younger, hipper crowd. It's a great place to people watch and grab a pint. Much of it is closed off for pedestrians to walk the cobblestone streets without fear from Dublin's crazy drivers.
While we found out about it on our last night there, too late to partake of the fun, Temple Bar is host to a Musical Pub Crawl. It's a crawl of 4 pubs, entertainment from musicians the whole way and a history of Irish Music. It starts at Gogarty's pub - see below.
Here are some of the establishments that we visited while we were there, with a short review of each and a link to the full review.
The Shack Restaurant: This place was great, and the only place we found in our travels that served specialty chicken! Our waiter was not only a cutie, but gave us a great pub recommendation. We had a chance to get in out of the rain, have a pint, warm up, and revive ourselves over some really good food. Read the full entry.
Gogarty's Pub: I think we found the second best pub in Ireland (the first being Knight's Bridge Inn), on the suggestion of the cab driver that took us there. There are two floors, a regular old pub downstairs, and a mini pub upstairs that featured some awesome Irish music. Even the barmaids sang along. Read the full entry.
From journal Dublin, Ireland - Slainte!
September 28, 2001
From journal Christmas Time in Dublin