Dublin 2009

Dublin Travel Blog

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I arrived in Dublin on the 24th of November, I only had 2 days there due to work commitments so i wanted to make the most of my time there and see as much of the city as possible. I stepped off the plane in Dublin airport at about 07:10am, it was still dark and raining so it wasnt the best start to my journey. I had bought a bus ticket on the plane which took me straight to O'Connell street in the heart of the city, this was 7 euros which is reasonable (compared to 25-30 euros if i was to get a taxi!) and it took about half an hour. Once there i found my Hostel, got myself together and went for a walk to familiarise myself with the city.

As i only had 2 days there i planned on visiting some museums, walking around the city and seeing some sights that i had read about in my guide book.
  Unfortunately there was industrial action taking place and this meant that all of the civil servants were on strike which in turn meant that on the tuesday every museum and most other places of interest were closed, this meant that i had to walk around the city on a sort of self guided tour, this actually turned out to be a good thing as i probably got to see alot more of Dublin than i would have if places were open.  After a day spent on my feet walking miles i returned to my hostel were i got talking to a guy from france, who suggested that we go to the pub to watch some champions league football. The pub was called Farringtons, it had a great atmosphere and was comfortable to sit in, i deliberatley chose it as i found alot of the pubs seemed to try a bit hard to show you that you are in ireland and they were overly elaborate and quite distasteful.
After a night of football and guiness we turned in for the night.

Day two meant that i could actually visit some of the places i had wanted to visit the previous day. I specifically wanted to visit a nearby disused prison (Kilmainham Jail) where tours are run hourly. I made this my priority and headed there first. It was about half an hour walk from my hostel (in the rain!) but it was definately worth gettin wet for, the tour cost 6 euros and lasts about one hour. It takes you through various parts of the prison and the tour guide was extremely knowledgable about the jail and its history. Well worth a visit if you have a spare hour! after the tour you can spend as long as you want in the adjoining museum and have a cuppa in the tea shop if you so wish.
I then walked all the way across the city to see the Famine statues, these are a series of statues outside the Customs house.
My Hostel
They are lifesize statues of emaciated humans from the great potato famine. Originally meant to be on show in America, ther were thought to be too ugly and so were kept in Dublin.

After another long day on my feet i headed back to the hostel for a nap and some food. when i arrived i saw my french friend (Oliver) again and got talking to another guy from germany (Quirin) and so we decided to go back to the pub for more football and beers. Another enjoyable night was had and we headed back to the Hostel a little drunk.  Back in the Hostel oliver got the guitar out and we had a bit of a singalong before bed!

I had to be up early (05:30) for my flights but i was woken even earlier by a confused girl who thought i was in her bed! i think she'd drunk more guiness than i had! after pursuading her that she was in the wrong dorm i got my head down again for my final few hours in Dublin. I had a great time while i was there and while i didnt get to do everything that i wanted to, i met great people and had a good time and you cant ask for more than that!


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My Hostel
My Hostel
The Four Courts
The Four Courts
Hapenny Bridge
Ha'penny Bridge
St. Annes Church
St. Annes Church
The Dublin Wall of Fame
The Dublin 'Wall of Fame'
The Four Courts
The Four Courts
Inside Kilmainham Jail
Inside Kilmainham Jail
Murel on a wall painted by female …
Murel on a wall painted by female…
Where executions by firing squad t…
Where executions by firing squad …
The Famine statues
The Famine statues
The customs house
The customs house
Pint of the Black stuff
Pint of the Black stuff
The Dorm room
The Dorm room
Oliver and Quirin
Oliver and Quirin
Sante, Prost, Cheers
Sante, Prost, Cheers
Oliver playing some Tracy Chapman
Oliver playing some Tracy Chapman
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