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A March 2008 trip to Dublin by rufusni

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Bewley's

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This is a regular stop for me - between the Luas stop at St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College on Grafton Street I walk past it quite often. It has become favoured place for to stop for breakfast as it opens at 8am, with a fairly varied range of items for breakfast from the traditional Irish breakfast to porridge or pancakes, or a fresh crisp almond croissant. There is a great selection of different teas and coffees, which were the start of the Bewley's business in 1840, and of course to bring home they sell Bewley’s Irish Breakfast tea. This cafe on Grafton Street was opened in 1927 as one of several Oriental cafes, and stands out on Grafton Street in its ornate styling. As such it has ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2009

Bewley's
Grafton Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 6761

Bed, Citywest Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I ended up in this hotel when Aer Lingus put all the passengers of a cancelled flight here. The hotel is large, with a great many facilities, including bars, restaurants, golf course and leisure centre. Its often used for conferences and large functions as it has so many guest rooms. My room was spacious, but with dark stained wood and dim lighting, the room seemed dark and dull. The bed though looking lovely was not the most comfortable I have ever slept in, and there was alot of noise of people in the corridor right into the wee hours of the morning. The bathroom was lovely, with jacuzzi bath and a powerful shower, though if I had been tall, I may have had trouble with the shower. Breakfas...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 19, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Parade

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St. Patrick's Day Parade Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The Saint Patrick's parade on March 17 in Dublin, is one of the largest in the world, (the Americans may pip them to the post in size, but you can't beat the real thing!). This is a great family day out, especially as it is free! Traffic grinds to a halt across the city as the city centre is shut down for several hours - and the best way in is using public transport, however, leave plenty of time as half the city is on the move and the Luas tram system for example is overwhelmed generally. The city is packed out with people on the route, if you want a good spot you would need to be at least an hour earlier than the start of the parade at noon. A common alternative of some of the locals is to bring ste...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Parade
O'Connell Street
Dublin, Ireland

Wicklow Mountains National Park

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Wicklow Mountains National Park Photo, Glendalough, Ireland
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Glendalough is in the Wicklow mountains, a short drive from the city of Dublin. Its name comes from the Irish - Gleann dá locha which tranlated means the ‘Glen of the two lakes’. And yes there are two lakes, known as the upper and lower lakes. The scenery is beautiful, but Glendalough is known because it is the site of an ancient monastic community, with its distinctive round tower. Glendalough wasn't chosen for its beauty, but rather its remoteness meaning solitude and a lack of comforts. The monks came here to commit to an ascetic life of prayer, firstly Saint Kevin and a few monks who followed him built temporary dwellings. Given the martyrdom of many of the saints much earlier, such as i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2008

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Glendalough, Ireland

Viking Splash Tours

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Viking Splash Tours Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This is not quite the standard hop-on hop-off tour bus, of which there are several options in Dublin. Rather this is a trip around Dublin in a vintage WWII amphibious vehicle, with part of the tour on the water. Ladder-like steps are lowered down at the back to climb aboard, with bus seats then to sit on inside. If the weather is good - it is open-air, but there is a retractable roof if it is raining.There are two possible start points - one close to St Patricks Cathedral, the other is on St Stephens Green opposite Dawson Street which is the one we started at. We pre-booked our tickets for this - details of all the options - internet, phone, Dublin tourist offices and at departure points - ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2008

Viking Splash Tours
18 Mill Street
Dublin

Trinity College

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Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland set up in 1592 by Elizabeth I, after the English Reformation, it also is the one and only college of the University of Dublin. However, the buildings date from the 18th and 19th century up to the present day. When built it was not in the centre of the city but as time has gone by life has shifted around the college, and it is now at its heart.The main entrance is off College Green, with a huge wooden door you enter through a large archway into the Front Square, which is large cobbled quadrangle with lawns with grand grey granite buildings dominating. You seem to step into another world from the hustle and bustle and traffic of the city in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2008

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

Avondale House

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Avondale House Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Avondale House was the estate of the Parnell family but it has been owned by the Irish forestry commission. The house was built in 1777 but the Forestry Commission has returned the house to what it would have looked like in the 1850s. This was the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell who is a key figure of Irish history in the nineteenth century. He was born here in 1846, before becoming an important player in Irish politics including in land reform and home rule. He was instrumental in setting up the Irish Parliamentary Party, which was the first modern party of the British parliament in London with a different structure, organisation and rules. He wasn't without scandal - he wa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 9, 2008

Avondale House
Rathdrum
Dublin