S: Dublin March 2009
BC: Dublin is a very vibrant & charming city and can be overwhelming at times. The history surrounds you as you walk the streets of such a well known medieval city. From the cathedrals, to the castles, to Kilmainham Gaol, Jameson Brewery and the Guinness Storehouse, we were able to explore many exciting attributes of the city. With a lot left to see, we look forward to our next trip to Dublin.
FC: Dublin March 2009
1: Irish Drinking Toasts May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven, half an hour before the devil knows your dead. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here's to you and yours And to mine and ours. And if mine and ours Ever come across to you and yours, I hope you and yours will do As much for mine and ours As mine and ours have done for you and yours!
2: Dublin Castle Caislean Bhaile Atha Cliath Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings, it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law & the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 yrs. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions & Presidential Inaugurations.
4: Christ Church Cathedral The catherdral was begun in 1030 by King Sitric 'Silkbeard', the | Danish Viking King of Dublin, for the 1st Bishop of Dublin, Donat or Donagh.
5: It is offically claimed as the seat (cathedra) of both the Church of Ireland & Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin & continues to be used for the worship of God.
7: The Church includes a musician's corner, baptistry, quire, a high alter, pulpit, Chapel of St. Edmund, Lady Chapel, Chapel of St. Laud and a crypt. We were not allowed to photograph in the crypt, because they fear the flashes will further deteriorate the history kept within.
8: The Normans built a church in stone on this site in 1191. This was rebuilt in the early 13th century and is the building we see today. Archbishop Minot rebuilt the west tower in 1370 after a fire & the spire was added in 1749. It is the largest church in Ireland. It is headed by a Dean, an office which has existed since 1219, the most famous holder being Jonathan Swift. | St. Patrick's Cathedral Ard Eaglais Naomh Padriag Aka: The Nat'l Cathedral & Collegiate Church of St. Patrick, Dublin
12: The Door of Reconciliation
14: St. James' Gate Brewery (Grudlann Gheata Shan Seamuis) Leased for 9,000 yrs. in 1759 by Arthur Guinness at 45 Lira per yr., St. James' Gate has been home to Guinness since. It became the largest brewery in Ireland in 1838 & was the largest in the world in 1914 covering 64 acres. Although no longer the largest in the world, it is still the largest brewer of stout in the world.
15: In the sea of barley... | Chillin' in Arthur Guinness' chair.
17: Barley & Hops....without them beer just wouldn't be. | Lee tasting the roasted barley - it tasted like coffee beans.
20: Eating at the Brewery Bar, Lee had Guinness Stew & it was AWESOME!
21: Our last stop at Guinness was The Gravity Bar which has spectacular 360 degree views of the city & it's also where you claim your free pint. (I gave my free pint of "black mud" to Jackie & PJ.) We had alot of fun.
24: After a few Guinnesses, Lee got a little silly with the Leprechaun hats in the gift shop. We discovered that Guinness makes some damn good chocolates.We also picked up a personalized bottle of extra stout (Lee's fave) and some other goodies.
25: That's our new friend "Jeff" in the picture with Jackie. He joined us then decided to take a little siesta. Amazingly enough he awoke 10 seconds after this pic as one of the bartenders came along to take all the empty glasses. He made sure to snatch his up so she wouldn't take it. That concludes our tour of the Guinness Storehouse.
26: Christ Church Cathedral & more awesome doorways. | Lee & PJ made some new friends along the way
28: Trinity College Dublin Colaiste na Trionoide, Baile Atha Cliath | Founded in 1592
29: How cool is this? We just happened upon Sheehan's while wandering around Dublin. Oh, and our server's name was Brian...how bizarre!!! It was a very quaint Pub.
30: The end of our 1st day in Dublin
31: D a y 2 i n Du b l i n
32: Kilmainham Gaol Priosun Chill Mhaighneann First built in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol was called the 'New Gaol' to distinguish it from the old gaol it was intended to replace - a noisome dungeon just a few hundred metres from the present site. Kilmainham Gaol was abandoned as a gaol in 1924 by the government of the new Irish Free State after 140 years as a prison.
33: <---When the gaol was first built, public hangings took place at the front of the gaol. It is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic & tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from the 1780's - 1920's. The interior tends to be clammy & cold even in hot summers.
35: Kilmainham Gaol was actually featrued in the original "The Italian Job" in 1969.
37: The area with the crosses is where they carried out executions & the few hangings that occurred inside. Kilmainham was an extremely interesting place of history to visit. It holds a lot of interesting stories, told & untold.
38: Jameson is a single-distillery Irish whiskey. It combines malted barley with unmalted or "green" barley. The most famous component with Jameson is the legendary "Pure Pot Still", unique to Irish whiskey distilling tradition. The company was established in 1780 when John Jameson established the Bow | Street Distillery in Dublin. It's originally one of the 6 main breweries in Dublin. Jameson is now distilled in Cork, although vatting still takes place in Dublin. When John Jameson, a Scottish businessman, acquired the Bow Street Distillery in 1780 it was producing about 30,000 gallons | annually. By the turn of the century it was the 2nd largest producer in Ireland & one of the largest in the world, producing a million gallons annually. It was the 2nd most popular spirit in the world after rum, and internationally Jameson had, by 1805 become the world's number 1 whiskey.
42: Jackie taking part in the "surprise" taste testing at the end of our tour. She was very hesitant at first but was glad she did it in the end.
44: Malahide Castle Mullach Ide Parts of the castle, which date back to the 12th century, lie with over 260 acres of remaining estate parkland (Malahide Demesne Regional Park,) close to the village of Malahide, 15km north of Dublin. Malahide Castle is unique because the Talbot family managed to keep control of the castle for 791 years. The Talbot family began their reign in 1185 & ended in 1976.
48: Even the trees love it here
49: Driving around we found this tower and high crosses. | It was a small place but as you can tell, the graves are very old.
50: Just hanging out in the lobby of our hotel after a long day. PJ got a little buzzed (even though he'll deny it) and got a case of "jazz hands" while enjoying his Guinness. How could Lee sleep through all this fun???
52: Glasnevin Cemetery Reilig Ghlas Naion It opened in 1832 and is also known as Prospect Cemetery, it is the main Catholic cemetery in Dublin. Before the establishment of Galsnevin, there were no specifically Roman Catholic graveyards in Dublin.
54: It is estimated that there are about 1,200,000 burials of several denominations & nationalities in it, making it the largest cemetery in Ireland.
60: Crypt | Mausoleum
61: Resting Place
64: I could have spent an entire day here. I love cemeteries, especially really old ones. The grave stones were awesome and we didn't even get to see a fraction of them.
70: Garda Station
73: That concludes our journey to Dublin.
74: Dun Laoghaire
77: Saying goodbye to a fairytale land.
78: May the sun shine all day long, everything go right & nothing go wrong. May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true!!!