June 29, 2012
Thursday 28th June
This morning was to be our last in Dublin and started with a trip to Dvblinia and the Viking World situated near to Christ Church Cathedral.
Dublin began life as a Viking settlement and it is fitting that it is next door to the city’s oldest cathedral which was founded in 1038 by the Norse King Sitrik Silkenbeard. The exhibition is well set out with traditional displays, computer graphics and descriptions of the archaeology used to uncover the artefacts housed there.
Then after a hearty lunch at O’Shea’s Merchant pub and restaurant by the River Liffey we headed to the airport for the flight home.
Dublin is a vibrant multicultural city combining the traditional with the modern exceptionally well. It is a delightful city to visit.
June 28, 2012
Wednesday 27th June
Day2 started with a visit to the Writers Museum and the James Joyce Centre. Both are worth a visit. There are so many great Irish writers it is arguable and very subjective who is the best. James Joyce has his own centre which signifies the importance of his literary influence. Whether this is justified is a matter of individual taste.
James Joyce Photograph on show at James Joyce Centre
This literary visit was followed by lunch at the Queen of Tarts then by another trip to Temple Bar to hear more Irish music and yet another welcoming pint of Guinness.
Afterwards we repaired to our hotel for a couple of hours rest, then after dinner returned to the Cobblestone for more Guinness and more music.
June 27, 2012
We did not arrive in Dublin until 9 pm on 25th so our first full day here did not start until now. However, from 10 pm until after 12 on the evening of the 25th I listened to some great Irish musicians in the Cobblestone pub just a few yards from our hotel.
Our first port of call on the 26th was the Guinness Storehouse where after touring the show brewery we sampled the product high up in the Company’s Gravity Bar which offers great views of the city.
Then we walked into the city passed St Patrick’s Cathedral where Jonathan Swift is buried. From there we passed Dublin Castle and lunched at the nearby Queen of Tarts café. In the afternoon we viewed the Book of Kells and the magnificent library in Trinity College. We returned to our hotel for a few hours rest then headed back to the centre of the city to Temple bar where we dined and listened to more traditional Irish music.
Finally we retired to our hotel well after midnight after a tiring but well spent day.