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Bill in Ireland - DUBLIN

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A November 2003 trip to Dublin by billmoy

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Bill in Ireland - DUBLIN

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The Chimney of Smithfield Village Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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A morning stroll along the River Liffey is very pleasant, as you will come along an assortment of bridges that cross the waterway. Perhaps you will see a few swans floating downstream. Check out the new James Joyce Bridge designed by my favorite architect-engineer, Santiago Calatrava. Another bridge of his design is being constructed along the eastern part of this same river. Another new structure in central Dublin is the "Monument of Light" along O’Connell Street. Frankly this needle-like "Millennium Spire" is not too exciting, as the grand scale seemingly cannot be appreciated within the confines of this busy but still hemmed-in street. If someone stuck this 120m-high needle in a big park, the...Read More

Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel

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Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This unique accommodation is strategically located in the heart of the popular Temple Bar area of central Dublin. They have posher apartments for your convenience, but I chose to stay in the very decent hostel accommodations. If you are arriving by airport bus, you will need to walk south across the River Liffey to reach the Temple Bar area. The main structure has a charming Georgian-style exterior with a yellow and green color scheme, even if it does look like Ye Olde Giant Billboard or Ye Olde Irish Pub. You will see the pub on the main floor first, a fun place to hang out and listen to traditional Irish music. This establishment is named after one of James Joyce’s contemporaries, a fellow wh...Read More

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Oliver St. John Gogarty Hostel
18-21 Anglesea Street
Dublin, Ireland
353 1 671 1822

Barnacles Temple Bar House Hostel

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Hotel | "Barnacles Temple Bar House"

Barnacles Temple Bar House Hostel Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This popular hostel has been packing in the backpackers since the summer of 1997. It has a superb central location in the heart of the famous Temple Bar area of Dublin (a big plus in my eyes) and is across from the Temple Bar Music Centre. The rate to stay at Barnacles starts at 14 euros a head. The hostel has a variety of sleeping arrangements ranging from one up to twelve beds in each room. Each of the bright but spartan rooms contains its own bathroom with toilet and hot shower; although I cannot imagine that the twelfth guy to wake up in one of the bunk-o-rama party rooms will be guaranteed a hot shower! The shower is a bit tricky to figure out the first time out, so having some extra roomma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2004

Barnacles Temple Bar House Hostel
19 Temple Lane, Temple Bar
Dublin, Ireland
353 1 6716277

Gallagher's Boxty House

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Restaurant | "Gallagher’s Boxty House"

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This “home of traditional Irish food” is sometimes just known as The Boxty House, and this is a good place to have plates and plates of filling Irish food if you do not want to wander out of the Temple Bar district. The exterior has a very traditional look to it, with a green color scheme. The interiors feature solid wood tables, a masculine wood bar area, and a roaring fireplace. This place can get crowded, but any wait is tempered by a lovely pint of Murphy’s stout. Oh man it was smooth and creamy, like a beer milk shake. Not as famous as the ubiquitous Guinness, but the Murphy’s deserves a shout too. The boxty is a traditional potato pancake usually wrapped around a meat filling. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Gallagher's Boxty House
20-21 Temple Bar
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 2762

Fitzer's

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Restaurant

Fitzer's Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Fitzer’s is a restaurant that is definitely fancier than a pub, with a great atmosphere that is best appreciated by romantic couples or groups of good friends. There are several Fitzer’s, but we will concentrate on the Dawson Street location. Have a look at the large chalkboard for some specials before you enter. The modestly designed modern interiors are comfortable backdrops for the young locals who splurge at this establishment, so that is a good sign. When the weather warms up in Dublin, the outdoor seats are very popular. The quality and freshness of the food and the service justifies the higher prices here, so do not expect a cheap meal here. The waiters are very knowledgeable ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2004

Fitzer's
50 Dawson Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 1155

Queen of Tarts

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This very popular pastry shop and cafe is located very close to the Dublin Castle and the City Hall. In fact, there is a new branch of this establishment located inside the City Hall, but we will concentrate on the original location that made its name famous. The bakery creates a lovely selection of homemade pastries, savouries, cakes, flaky fruit-filled pies and other treats. The chocolate ganache is a decadent cake that is served lip-smacking warm, so try to eat this baby at the shop. The raspberry tart bears a sweet taste that is fit for a queen, although it is definitely not as rich as the chocolate items. The raspberry scones are light and fruity, not hard and clunky. Take a look at the men...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2004

Queen of Tarts
4 Cork Hill
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 670 7499

Gruel

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This joint has the feel of an Irish diner, with small tables packed amongst each other. It is located on a busy street at the edge of the Temple Bar area, although it does not have any ostentatious signage. Fortunately the food served here is tastier than its funny-sounding name. The food at Gruel is openly prepared in the busy front area, where you can order to take away if you wish, and many people do so. A hodgepodge of artwork and posters decorate the walls to add a bohemian touch to the interior spaces. The clientele seems to draw mostly from the young locals who have given Dublin a hip reputation in recent years. They seem trendier and more artsy than the comfort food served here. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Gruel
68 Dame Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (0)1 670 7119

Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This historic site originally featured a castle built by Norman King John in 1204. The central courtyard of the current castle complex is the footprint of the original castle rectangle. For over seven centuries, the castle was the seat of English rule in Ireland. Much of the castle burned down in 1684. The Easter Rebellion of 1916, an event that signaled the eventual end of English colonial rule, featured the deaths of fifty insurgents outside the castle. Since 1938, the Dublin Castle is now the site of Irish presidential inaugurations. A somewhat haphazard series of additions have sprung up here over the centuries. The fine 13th Century Norman Tower (or Record Tower) actually has the look of so...Read More

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Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 7129

Trinity College

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Attraction | "Trinity College (Book of Kells)"

Trinity College Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The Trinity College campus of Dublin, part of the University of Dublin, is a classic quadrangle in the heart of central Dublin. Visitors will enjoy a casual stroll through the historic campus, but most travelers with a historic bent will want to witness the famous Book of Kells. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I of England, the University of Dublin is the oldest and most famous university in Ireland. Trinity College, the one and only college of the University of Dublin, consists of about forty acres of comfortable collegiate architecture, stoic statues, green gardens and contemplative cobblestone spaces within a set of old walls. The main entrance to the campus is on the west side. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Trinity College
College Green
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 608 1000

National Gallery of Ireland

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National Gallery of Ireland Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This fine art museum near the Trinity College campus has grown haphazardly over the years with various wings, but its new Millennium Wing has really punched things up. The original neoclassical entrance is along Merrion Square West, while the new entrance along Clare Street introduces you to the exciting modern addition designed by the architectural firm Benson and Forsyth in 2002. You can wander aimlessly amongst the 54 gallery spaces, but try to get a floor plan to smooth your way through the different wings and levels. The original gallery (now the Dargan Wing, designed by Francis Fowke) debuted in 1864. The Milltown Wing by Thomas Newenham Deane was added in 1903. Frank du Berry then design...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

National Gallery of Ireland
Merrion Square West
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 661 5133

River Liffey

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Attraction | "Sights along the River Liffey"

River Liffey Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The River Liffey cuts right through the heart of Dublin. The folks who live on the northern side are generally seen as the poorer cousins of the more well-to-do locals of the southern part. For visitors, there are plenty of attractions on both sides of the river, and a few that are right along it. The following sights will go along the river from west to east. Phoenix Park is an enormous park that is the largest enclosed park in Europe at 1760 acres. It was groomed into a park in 1671, but was opened to the public by Lord Chesterfield in 1747. The park includes an incredible variety of attractions, including the Dublin Zoo, the President’s residence (Aras an Uachtarain), the Ashtown Castle, a po...Read More

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River Liffey
Parkgate Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 605 7700

Irish Museum of Modern Art

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Irish Museum of Modern Art Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The former Royal Hospital Kilmainham building, which opened in 1684 and operated as a home for retired soldiers for almost 250 years, has been innovatively recycled into the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The architect of the Royal Hospital was William Robinson, whose classical design was heavily influenced by Les Invalides in Paris. The complex, which debuted as a museum in 1991, is not far from the historic Kilmainham Jail (Gaol). The complex is a healthy half-hour walk west of the city center, but much of my stroll was along the River Liffey so this only enhanced the journey in my eyes. Walk along the country lane that leads to the grounds, which are marked by interesting outdoor art installatio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 612 9900