Last day in Dublin : Travel Reminiscences

Travel reminiscences of our wonderful holiday in Ireland 2009

Technically, this wasn’t on our last day in Ireland.   It was the evening before we started our fabulous 10 day self-drive tour of this beautiful country.   It was the evening after our tour of Dublin on the ‘hop on-hop off’ bus (following on from my previous post on Dublin : Travel Reminiscences)

We had a meal at The Bank Bar (The Bank on College Green) which was voted by Licencing World – National Bar of the Year in 2007, and Best Bar in Ireland in 2010 by Hospitality Ireland.   A magnificent building, construction of which was completed in 1894 for the Belfast Bank …

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P1040402-The Bank - pub was originally a bank

P1040403-The Bank (pub)

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From where we sat –  a pianist was tinkling the ivories close by …

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… and our table was up against the original bank door …

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Near the entrance to the pub is a copy of the Book of Kells under glass …

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A short walk-about on our way back to our hotel.  I hadn’t many encountered narrow streets up to 2009, as this was only my second overseas trip.  I found it intriguing and quaint!    Even more so with this one as there was a small church tucked away behind the ornate gate …

P1040407-entrance to a small church tucked away down sml street

Our last day, or part there-of, in Dublin.   We had driven from Sligo in the North West of Ireland, across country to Dublin.  We dropped our bags at the hotel (the same one we had stayed at on our arrival in Dublin 10 days before) and went for a walk-about ….  passed the Tourist Information Centre situated in an old church ..

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Popped in for a cup of coffee here … (If I remember correctly it was a Parisienne café with pastries and yummy nibblies!)

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Grafton Street … one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin .. .

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The street is famous for its ‘energetic buskers and talented street artists’ as well as department stores and trendy shops …

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One end of Grafton Street is St Stephen’s Green, where the glassed St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre stands opposite the Dublin Fusiliers Arch erected in 1907 dedicated to officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fought and died in the Second Boer War 1899-1902 …

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St Stephen’s Green, ‘originally one of three ancient commons in the old city, St Stephen’s Green was enclosed in 1664.   The 9ha (22 acre) green was laid out in its present form in 1880, using a grant given by Lord Ardilaun, Sir Arthur Edward Guinness.  The green is dotted with memorials to eminent Dubliners, including Ardilaun himself’ ‘  ..

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Ardilaun Lodge/ Gardener’s Cottage :  gorgeous ‘dolls house’ !!   It was built by Lord Ardilaun as a home for the Park Superintendent …

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Hubby and I decided to walk back down Grafton Street to Trinity College to see the Library and Book of Kells before it closed (we didn’t take this vehicle!)

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Beautiful harp music on the corner near the entrance to Trinity College ..

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Entrance to Trinity College – statues of Edmund Burke on left and Oliver Goldsmith on right ..

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Campanile – 30m (98ft) bell tower was built in 1853 by Sir Charles Lanyon …

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Unfortunately we got there soon after the doors to the Library and Long Room closed.  It’s on the other side of this building …

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Our last look at the River Liffey from Ha’penny Bridge …

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Walking through the district of Temple Bar heading back to our hotel to freshen up before going to O’Neills pub for supper ..

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O’Neills Pub was so full we had to share a small table with a local in a corner.  There had been a football match during the afternoon (finals of two rival teams) and all pubs were full!!!   Photo of hubby was taken as we sat down.  Within minutes this small room in O’Neills was teaming with soccer fans!!!

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And so we say a fond farewell to Dublin …

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…  and beautiful Ireland

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