Patriot Hotel – Dublin – Brilliant Musicians – Exciting – Honed Craft

A friend took me to the Patriot Hotel in Dublin – near Kilmainham Gaol – (hence the name) – for a fun night out and listen to some good music. Ireland is renowned for producing some of the world’s best musicians and this night certainly did not disappoint. As soon as you walked into the pub, you knew you were in for a fabulous night! … Continue reading Patriot Hotel – Dublin – Brilliant Musicians – Exciting – Honed Craft

O’Neills Pub – Dublin – Beer – History – Eclectic

I came across this pub in Dublin whilst looking for a good Irish Breakfast. Little did I know of its contents and décor. What a gem of a pub to visit – eat and have a few drinks!!! I lost count of the number of beer taps – pick a beer!!!!! O’Neills Pub is certainly a must see- allow time to browse through the pub on all of its floors … Continue reading O’Neills Pub – Dublin – Beer – History – Eclectic

Dublin Post Office – Headquarters to Ireland’s Easter Rising – 1916…100th year 2016

Being a tourist we seek out every piece of information we can in the limited time we are in any place. You tend to learn and retain information at lightening speed when you travel. Devouring every piece of information your brain can hold on any given day. The General Post Office on O’Connell Street in Dublin was the headquarters for the Easter Rising – or Easter Rebellion … Continue reading Dublin Post Office – Headquarters to Ireland’s Easter Rising – 1916…100th year 2016

Early Morning Dublin Port – Industrial – Moving – Colourful

Transportation always fascinates me – especially industrial areas. It seems to evoke a heart beat of the city. Dublin Port has two amazing icons which beckon you into the bay. You first see the 1768 built bright red Poolbeg Lighthouse which sits at the end of the four mile long pier – keep an eye out for the locals fishing on this pier. The looming Poolbeg Chimneys tower in at over 207 … Continue reading Early Morning Dublin Port – Industrial – Moving – Colourful

Famine – Ireland – Sometimes it is the story behind the story that chokes you up!

Simply titled “Famine’ these seven statues ‘walk’ along Dublin ‘s quay to ships to take them away from death. Millions of Irish perished or suffered in the Great Potato Famine – starved over years.  They stand tall – desperate faces – gaunt bodies – the suffering – each statue with a story to tell  if you take the time to look closely. I noticed a young man … Continue reading Famine – Ireland – Sometimes it is the story behind the story that chokes you up!

Dublin in bloom at night – Lush – Colour – Alive

Winter has its own beauty – dark – brisk – detailed. Arriving back in Dublin in July for a the Writers Conference, I had to take a step back to see if it was the same city. Summer had arrived and the city takes full advantage of the warmth to display pots of colour throughout the city. Lush, full vibrant pots and baskets everywhere! I still … Continue reading Dublin in bloom at night – Lush – Colour – Alive

Ireland – Kilmainham Gaol – Stories – History – Cruel

The famous Kilmainham Goal in Dublin has many fascinating stories and history to be told. Executions of the leaders from the Easer Rising to 40,000 convicts sent to Australia from this gaol during the 1800’s. You’ll hear stories about infamous inmates, executions and transportations. These were harsh times – when you look and feel the gates, see the thickness of the walls – no one escaped! If I had to … Continue reading Ireland – Kilmainham Gaol – Stories – History – Cruel

Sweet Dreams! A rare piece of history in Dublin – Barry’s Hotel

Running by the seat of my pants, I arrange my transport at the last minute from London to Dublin.  Oh god accommodation! My thoughts drift to – ‘something with a bit of history, I want to ‘feel’ Dublin. Mind you, I know nothing of Dublin – zip, zero. Scanning the internet on the ferry, one property ‘spoke to me’ for some odd reason – ‘Barry’s Hotel’. Check the … Continue reading Sweet Dreams! A rare piece of history in Dublin – Barry’s Hotel

When I die, Dublin……………… by James Joyce

I saw a quote when I arrived in Dublin’s port on my first visit – yet didn’t take too much notice as I thought it was more of an advert. On my second visit, I re read the quote and understood its essence. “When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart.” by James Joyce *Arriving by ferry to Dublin  two chimneys loomed from the distance. The iconic Poolbeg Chimneys were mesmerising, beckoning … Continue reading When I die, Dublin……………… by James Joyce

Dublin in Black & White – Elegant – Troubled – Rousing…

Dublin’s rich turbulent history does not show in its gorgeous Georgian architecture, elegant parks and of course their famous whisky! Room 1A at the Barry’s Hotel – where Michael Collins often stayed and shot at the British troops through the window – escaping through the back of the hotel he went to Cork where he was shot.  Sweet dreams – what a treat!        … Continue reading Dublin in Black & White – Elegant – Troubled – Rousing…