Dublin Journals

In Dublin’s Fair City

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A January 2006 trip to Dublin by zabelle

Oscar Wilde Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: With only two days we had to concentrate on what we really wanted to see to get the job done. It wasn’t enough but we’ll be back.

In Dublin’s Fair City

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Overview

Oscar Wilde Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin is a city that had transformed itself. It has risen out of the poverty of the last century and is alive and enthusiastically entering the 21st century. Like any large city you will see poverty and there were people sleeping on the street and gypsies begging on street corners but they did not have the hopeless look that you sometimes see. They were really only halfheartedly plying their trade. Grafton Street had entertainers every few feet playing mostly on guitars but with an occasional accordion. The crowd was thick and young with money to spend and time on their hands. Dublin is steeped in history and if you have an interest you can follow it from many angles. Dublinia will...Read More

Pembroke Town House

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Hotel

Pembroke Town House Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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We were looking for something a little out of the ordinary in our accommodation in Dublin. We also wanted to spend as close to 100 euros as possible. I had come across the Pembroke Townhouses in my search of the internet, they were highly recommended and when Travelprone added her recommendation, that sealed the deal. Pembroke Rd. is in Ballsbridge. While not exactly downtown, it is an easy walk to St. Stephens Green. We knew we were in for something special from our first sight of the impressive curving double stairway that leads to the first floor lobby. Please be patient. You need to be buzzed in.The hotel has a very European staff, Sophie who we met the first evening is from F...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2006

Pembroke Town House
90 Pembroke Road Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 660-0277

Dublin Castle

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Attraction | "Castle Vault Cafe"

Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Before entering Dublin Castle for our tour I had caught sight of the Queen of Tarts across the street and with a name like that who could resist. We had plans to look over their goods as soon as we completed the tour. So much for great plans. When the tour finishes, you have to walk through the Castle Vault Café to get to the gift shop and the exit. A brilliant concept. One look at the desserts in their case and we forgot all about our plans and grabbed a tray.Service is cafeteria style with seating in several rooms, it is much bigger then a cursory look would suggest. We knew we were going to have dessert here but when we saw the soup we decided that it was worth a try. I ordered the carr...Read More

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

Christchurch Cathedral

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Attraction

Christchurch Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Entrance is charged to this Cathedral which I always find disturbing however if you are going to Dublinia as well there is a small discount for purchasing both tickets. I am going to suggest that you begin your visit in the crypt. There is a 15 minute video presentation as well as the treasury located there and unless you are already familiar with the history of this building I think it is important to begin by watching it. After watching it, I was able to appreciate that there are two distinctive styles represented here. It was begun in the Romanesque style and completed in Gothic. You can see the distinctive arches of both styles if you look for them. The 12th century crypt represents t...Read More

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Christchurch Cathedral
Christchurch Place
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 8099

Dublin Castle

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Attraction

Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I don’t know what I expected from Dublin Castle but what I got was totally unexpected. I have never seen anything less Castle like. I needed a little history lesson, which I must say our guide on the tour provided. The castle must be visited on a tour. It is still in use and we were warned to stay with our group or some dire fate would befall us. The original Dublin Castle was Anglo/Norman, built on orders of King John in the 12th century. Though when we visit the archaeological remains under the castle we saw some of the Viking defensive walls that protected Dublin before the year 1000. A fire destroyed this building in 1694 and when the fire reached the powder tower, oh yeah it was the ...Read More

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

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour

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Attraction | "Dublin City Tour"

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I am a big believer in the value of a comprehensive city tour especially when you are unfamiliar with the area. Now granted I visited Dublin once before but on that trip Al and I were driving, we parked along St. Steven’s Green, walked to the National Museum and the National Gallery and drove to the airport where our hotel was located. This is not a trip conducive to knowing your way around.This time we had two full days and our hotel was in Ballsbridge. We were as clueless about location as we would have been if this were our first trip. On our first day we ventured out on foot since we were visiting things more or less in a straight line away from us. Second day we headed up to Merrion ...Read More

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Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour
59 O'connell Street
Dublin

Dublinia

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Attraction

Dublinia Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This is probably the closest most of us will ever come to visiting the medieval world. You begin by reading about the early history of Dublin. One of the earliest exhibits fascinated me. It is an audio exhibit. You listen to several different residents of early Dublin speaking in their different languages. I was totally enthralled. The Norman French mixing with the local Gaelic and Danish, it was amazing. After this you pass into a medieval faire. You get to see examples of the food they would have purchased at a faire, and the cloth which was one of the main reasons to have a faire. This is not all visual either. There is the smell of spices from the spice vendor. All very interesting an...Read More

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Dublinia
St. Michaels Hill, Christchurch
Dublin, Ireland
01-6794611

Trinity College

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Attraction

Trinity College Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I wasn’t quite prepared for what was involved in seeing the Book of Kells. I guess I just thought you would walk in and pay a fee and look at the Book. As a matter of fact since Al didn’t even know what the Book of Kells was, we decided that he would wait outside and read his book while I did my thing. I paid my fee and made it as far as the first display before I realized that this was way more than I had thought. I went out and got Al and brought him in.If seeing the Book of Kells wasn’t enough to take your breath away, you are sent upstairs to see the Long Room. It is 209 feet long and forty feet wide and with book cases that reach to the very high barrel vaulted ceiling. All of these ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

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

Mercy Center International

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A rose blooming in January Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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In 1831 Catherine McCauley founded the Sisters of Mercy. The building that houses the Mercy Center was built for Catherine McCauley and was the first convent of the Sisters of Mercy. It is located in Lower Baggot Street at number 64A and was an easy walk from our hotel.Tours are guided by sisters who come and volunteer to work at the center from all over the world. Photography is not allowed inside, why is beyond me but of course I abided by their rules. I was however allowed to take pictures in the garden where Mother McCauley is buried and where there is an amazing wall of names. The wall includes all the groups who have donated to keeping the Mercy Center going. I was delighted after a ...Read More