Dublin (Christ Church Cathedral, Kilmainham Goal, The Old Jameson's Distillery and Guinness)
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The effect of 9 pints of Guinness during the previous late afternoon and evening simply didn't allow for an early start of the day. After taking an aspirin and a shower I felt right as rain though and around half past ten we were on our way to the Temple Bar area again. We decided to have breakfast at the Queen of Tarts café where we had coffee yesterday. This place has a wide choice of danish, scones, cakes, muffins and more. We sampled several of these and they were absolutely delicious. The almond and raspberry Danish was great, the warm apple crumbs cake was marvelous and the raspberry cheesecake was simply heavenly.
Christ Church Cathedral was very near and since our Dublin Passes allowed us free entrance we decided to have a quick peek. Well ... it's a church, a nice one but still a church.
A quick look at the map proved that our next destination, Kilmainham Gaol jail, was a rather long walk, so we took a taxi instead.
At times it seemed like the guide gave us a full biography of all inmates that had ever seen the inside of Kilmainham, and perhaps certain narration had a bit too much detail. Some stories were shocking though and had rightfully triggered the fight for independence among the Irish people. Among these was the tale of Jospeh Plunkett, a leader of the 1916 rebellion who got married in the jail's chapel on the same day he was executed (which his new wife heard from outside the prison walls).
Another shocking story involved the housekeeper of another rebel who was tortured and locked in a jail basement, up to her knees in faeces from the inmates, in an attempt to have her list the names of rebels working with her employer. She was released after 2,5 years but never said a word. This person, Ann Devlin, is one of the unsung hero's of the Irish struggle for independence.
Fourteen of the 1916 leaders were executed in the exercise court, one of them (James Connolly) was so sick he couldn't walk or sit and the guards strapped him to a chair in order to be able to shoot him.
Besides this courtyard the tour took us through the oldest sections of the jail, where you could peek into the cells, and the smartly designed main corridor that allowed the British to use only 8 guards to keep an eye of all prisoners. Kilmainham was finally closed in 1924, shortly after the foundation of the
After leaving Kilmainham it was well into the afternoon and we realized that it was high time for some alcohol-related activity. So we made our way across the Liffey to the north of town and after a hefty stroll we arrived at the Old Jameson's Distillery. This is the place where John Jameson arrived from
We went southwards across the Liffey again and walked into one of the many crowded pubs where the rugby finale was being shown. This was something BJ and Derk wanted to see and experience with the locals, while I worked on the blog and enjoyed my Guinness.
By the time the match was over we were starving. We hadn't eaten since the pastries at Queen of Tarts this morning, so it was high time for dinner at seven. We could have opted for a more stylish place but hunger got the better of us and we ended up in the
Anyway, the food was good though and I totally stuffed myself with the main course and dessert. Thus I really needed a good walk to let it all sink down and while BJ (who's feet were killing him) took a taxi, Derk and I walked back to the hotel past the Liffey.
After freshening up in our rooms we headed back to the center, planning to get a couple of pints in a pub with some traditional Irish music.
Since tomorrow would be our last day and we wanted to visit a couple of sights we hadn't seen yet before heading back for the airport, we decided to call it an early night, taking a taxi back to the hotel at half past 11.