Dublin Journals

Ireland's Capital City - Just One Day

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A May 2012 trip to Dublin by MilwVon

Hop-on Hop-Off Tour Bus Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: There is no way in the world to really do Dublin justice in just 36 hours, but that was all the time we had during our 15 day whirlwind holiday in Ireland. We made the most of the time we had and enjoyed what we did see.

Dublin Castle

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Attraction | "Ireland's Independence Was Achieved Here in 1922"

Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin Castle was original built in 1204 under England's King John as a fortification against the Vikings who had a presence in Dublin for nearly 300 years. Later in the 16th century it became more of a palace than a fortress, serving as the home to England's colonial rule over Ireland including the military and government officials and offices until the time of their surrender to Irish leadership in 1922. Today Dublin Castle serves as an official building where State events including the inauguration of every President of Ireland to date, since her independence in 1922. Foreign dignitaries including Heads of State have come to Dublin Castle. In 2011 England's Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of E...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2012

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

Gibneys of Malahide

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Restaurant | "Friday Night Dinner in Malahide"

Gibneys of Malahide Photo, County Dublin, Ireland
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Once we got checked into our B&B in Malahide, it was time to find supper. I had researched pubs in the seaside harbor village of Malahide and thought Gibneys looked interesting. They are a long-time staple in town, having several food business interests that take up nearly a full block in town. They did not disappoint.This was the first night that I felt like we had eaten bar food and I say that in a good way. After looking through the full menu, David and I both agreed that we didn't really want a big dinner so instead we opted for steak sandwiches. I took mine with the mushrooms only, while he had his with the onions as well as the mushrooms. They used a sirloin steak which was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2012

Gibneys of Malahide
New Street, Malahide
County Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 845 0606

Guinness Storehouse

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Attraction | "Guinness Storehouse . . . Guinness Marketplace"

Guinness Storehouse Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I have to admit, when talking about the Guinness Storehouse, I have occasionally referred to it by Freudian slip as Guinness Marketplace. My apologies to all who I may (or might still) offend. It's a relatively innocent and easy thing to do.There were not a lot of "must do/see" things on my husband David's wish list for our vacation in Ireland. The Guinness Storehouse, however, was one of them. As an avid drinker of their brew when he can get it on tap here in the USA, that has become his favorite beer. It was fortunate that their tour facility is conveniently on the Dublin City Hop-On Hop-Off bus line, so I assured him months ago, it would make the final schedule.The Guin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2012

Guinness Storehouse
St James's Gate Dublin 8
Dublin
01 408 4800

Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Enjoyable Ending To A Great Vacation"

Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Our last meal in Ireland was at Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant in Dublin. Selected due to its very convenient location on the Dublin City Hop-On Hop-Off bus route (stop #18), we scheduled our day's sightseeing so as to end up here at the end of the day for dinner and enough time to catch the last HoHo bus of the day back to the bus station. It worked out perfectly!When we arrived they had the Chelsea/Liverpool FA Cup game on every TV in the place. There were several fans watching the last half but not so many as it was too loud or rowdy for a nice quiet supper. Besides, we were in a pub, how quiet should we expect it to be on an early Saturday evening?At this final junctu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2012

Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant
30-32 Parkgate Street
Dublin, County Dublin
353 1 6770149

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Tour

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Attraction | "Perfect Way to See Dublin's Most Popular Attractions"

Hop-on Hop-Off Tour Bus Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Since we had around 36 hours in Dublin and staying out in Malahide, the Dublin City Bus Company's Hop-On Hop-Off (HoHo) tour bus (the "green buses") was a perfect way for the three of us to get around. We caught the #42 from Malahide to the terminus of the route. The 30 minute ride was a nice way to see a bit of the city before joining a HoHo bus. Our driver suggested we walk from this last stop to the first of the HoHo tour, which entailed roughly eight to ten blocks which was a relatively easy (flat) jaunt.If you're not familiar with the concept, HoHo buses are just as it sounds . . . you can hop on and hop off, and hop back on again at any one of the 23 designated stops. All HoHo s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2012

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

Kilmainham Gaol

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Attraction | "Not to be Missed"

Kilmainham Gaol Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Kilmainham Gaol is one of the 11 OPW (Office of Public Works) Heritage sites that we visited during our 15 days in Ireland. It was like saving the best for last!Kilmainham Gaol was a fully functional prison in Dublin City until 1924, shortly after Ireland gained independence from British rule (1922). Built in 1796, the building has been fully restored and is now open to visitors who want to take a look back into a very dark time in Irish history. The timing of our visit was especially sobering given that week was the 96th anniversary of the execution of 14 rebels involved in the famous Easter Rising rebellion against England. Almost all other leaders of prior Irish rebellions had also ...Read More

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Kilmainham Gaol
Inchicore Road
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 453 5984

Pebble Mill Bed and Breakfast

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Hotel | "Outstanding B&B Experience"

Pebble Mill Bed and Breakfast Photo, County Dublin, Ireland
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During the planning for this holiday, I knew we would be well served to stay close to the Dublin Airport since we had a 10:00am flight and would need to return a rental car no later than 6:30am. Pebble Mill B&B was a perfect choice as it was less than 10 minutes from the airport. Just as importantly, however, it was a short five minute walk to the Dublin City Bus line that would take us into Dublin City for our final day of touring.We arrived at the home of Pat & Monica right about supper time. Monica graciously welcomed us into their stately home. Set on a lovely well manicured four acre lot, it felt as though we were out in the countryside when the fact was, we were just minu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2012

Pebble Mill Bed and Breakfast
Posie Row
County Dublin, Ireland
+353 (0)1 846 1792