There are no street signs in Dublin or "why you need an Irish homeboy"

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View from top of Guinness Storehouse
On day 2, we woke up pretty early and walked around Kilkenny for a few last pictures. It was so quiet on a Sunday morning, very different from the day before. There was hardly anyone in the street, and all you heard were the street cleaning machines and church bells ringing. We headed back to Kenmur house for a massive Irish breakfast of cereal , OJ, and yogurt (we thought we were done there...), eggs, ham, sausages, toast, brown bread, black and white pudding, tomatoes and tea. With over stuffed bellies, we said goodbye to our hosts and headed to the train station to go back to Dublin.

On the train back to Dublin, everyone else fell asleep except me (again). There was a hurling final in Dublin that day, so the train was pretty packed and we sat with this guy from Dublin.
Kilmainham Gaol
He was pretty cool, a DJ who'd been living in Glasgow and was back in Dublin for now. So we chatted, I wrote in my journal, and Kris snored away....

We made it to Dublin around noon and it was raining and muggy. We took a cab to our hotel on the Northside and dropped off our bags. So with umbrellas in hand, we walked down to the Luas to go to Kilmainham. Now, buying a few tickets for the Luas shouldn't have been so difficult, but somehow the machine was far smarter than us and after a few minutes of fummbling around, a little voice told us "step aside!" and foward stepped our 10-year-old savior. He got our passes in under 30 seconds flat, and I, with my mouth working faster than my head, dubbed him "my favorite little homeboy," to which he responded "Homeboy! Are you from America!? Are you here on holiday?!" I heard echos of "homeboy!" as we
caught the Luas to Kilmainham.
Kilmainham Gaol, The Stone breaker's Yard


When we got to Kilmainham, we promptly became lost for about an hour, before asking for directions and realizing that there are in fact no street signs anywhere. Finally getting to Kilmainham Gaol, it was well worth the rain and getting lost. (Although, I lie if I say I don't like rain. I'm a strange one like that). It dark and depressing but a good insight into Irish history. I remember our guide mentioning that not only men, but women and children were also kept there, especially during the famine for stealing stuff like eggs or a head of cabbage.

After the mighty depressing tour around Kilmainham Gaol, we headed to the Guinness Brewery for some light-hearted fun. We sniffed some barley, ate some scones, looked at some old Guinness bottles and coasters and then headed up to the Gravity Bar for our "free" pint of Guinness.
Guinness Brewery
It was well worth going for the veiw and being able to cool off in what has to be the only air-conditioned room in Dublin. After stocking up on some Guinness gear (like toucan cuff links for my brother... he ended up wearing them at my wedding...) and livened spirits we headed back to the Northside in the rain.

After some hot showers, we headed out to find something to eat (our first meal since our MASSIVE breakfast). It was 8pm on a Sunday, so no one was serving food. We walked along the quay and ended up at the Temple Bar area at the Porterhouse. Our friend from the train had recommended it and it was one of the few places still serving food.  It was a great time, with all kinds of beer and Sliotar, a trad band, playing away. After dinner and a couple of beers, we decided to walk around and see what else was going on.
At the top of Guinness Storehouse, with out pints of Guinness!
We went into this one place, Fitsimmons, on the advertisement that they had a roof top patio. "Sounds cool!" we said, "Like Lattitudes back home!" (a very chill roof-top bar...) We climbed the 4 flights of crowded stairs to get to the top of a very crowded roof-top patio. Kris and me were about halfway to the bar when we realized we had lost Mary! We back tracked and found her pinned against the railing and a Cork hurling fan. She looked fairly terrified, but he was rather perisistent ("You're so beautiful and sunkissed! You must be from Australia!") After being smushed back towards the bar with all the other hurling fans... we decided thiss wasn't the best idea and headed out as quickly as possible. We ended the night with a couple more beers at Eamonn Doran's (sans unwanted advances...).
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East Wing, Kilmainham Gaol
East Wing, Kilmainham Gaol
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Guinness Storehouse
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