In line with my becoming funemployed again, I decided to take a trip to Dublin for a few days before meeting friends in Belfast later in the week.
I arrived in Dublin on a windy and rainy afternoon, and after checking into my AirBnB, made my way to the Guinness Storehouse, via Dublin Castle. What trip to Dublin would be complete without a trip to the Guinness factory to see how this stout is made and pouring your own pint to enjoy?
My second day in Dublin I enjoyed a sleep in and brunch and then just generally explored the city on foot. I visited the famous Cathedrals, Saint Stephen’s Green and Trinity College Dublin and its library. In the afternoon I joined a walking tour to learn more about the history of ‘The Troubles’, the uprising and the revolution. Next was a beer and whiskey tasting tour in the evening and then swiftly to bed.
After an early start on the Wednesday, I was on a bus, enroute to the Western edge of Europe. After a few hours we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher where I enjoyed walking along the cliffs in the sea air and might have taken a tumble in the mud. After the Cliffs we drove to Galway City via the Burren, before making out way back to Dublin in the evening.
Thursday was my last day in Dublin, which I kicked off with a wander through the streets and some genealogy research at the National Library of Ireland. After lunch with a former colleague I headed up to Belfast via train to meet up with Jess and Jeremy. Interestingly, when the train crosses the Boarder, a siren goes off on the train!
Pouring my own Guinness
It’s true, Guinness is better in Dublin
Cliche Guinness factory photo
St Patrick’s Cathedral
From the gardens
St Stephen’s Green
The Library at Trinity College Dublin where they keep the Book of Kells
Brian Boru Harp
Trinity College Dublin
Garden of Remembrance
Craft Beer Tasting
Bangers and Mash
The Cliffs of Moher
Pretty happy being back by the sea
Rebel at heart
Battling the wind for a selfie
Grumpy skies and wintery light
First beach I’ve seen in a while
The Lunar landscape that is the Burren