Exploring Dublin, Ireland : Travel Reminiscences

Exploring Dublin, Ireland : Travel Reminiscences

St Patrick’s day, a few days ago,  jogged my memory of the incomplete ‘Travel Reminiscences’ series I started last year where I was posting all the bits in Ireland I had not done when we returned from that fabulous holiday in 2009.  One place I only touched on briefly was Dublin, our place of entry and exit into this beautiful green land called Ireland !!!   That post is here :  where we stayed and what we saw on the day we arrived

We only had one a full day in Dublin so we had to see as much as we could.  Hop on- Hop off bus was the only way …

Dublinia and the Viking World (Synod Hall)  :   we returned on foot later that day


Christ Church Cathedral – founded c. 1928, spiritual heart of the city – is linked to Dublinia (also saw this beautiful church later that day)

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St Patricks Square ..

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St Patricks Cathedral – founded 1191 …

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Listening to the audio on the bus is interesting ..  pointing out places of interest and who lives or lived here and there, but after 6 years I can’t remember some of them … for example this one.   An important person used to live here (or still does) 😉  ..


… and these houses.  They had something to do with the Guinness Distillery and Storehouse, way-back-when.    I think employees (probably ‘well-to-do’ employees) lived here ..



St Catherine’s Church : originally built in 1185 – rebuilt in its present form in 1789 …


Guinness Storehouse :  hubby and I hopped off the bus here.  Will do a separate post on this interesting establishment ….

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On the bus again ..  so many contrasts in a short space of time ..



A college which used to be Dr Steevens Hospital, one of Irelands ‘most distinguished 18th century medical establishments’

P1080473-same building as seen from Guiness - was hospital now college

Seán Heuston Bridge – a cast iron bridge built in 1821 over the River Liffey


An 11 km (7 mile) wall,  surrounds Europe’s largest enclosed city park – Phoenix Park …


Part of the bus route was a short drive into Phoenix Park – 1760 acres  originated in 1662 when the Duke of Ormonde turned the land into a deer park.  In 1745 it was landscaped and opened to the public.   Included in the park are the Zoological Gardens established in 1830, ‘making them the third oldest zoo in the world’ .

P1080477-Phoenix Park- 1760 acres (2)


Wellington Testimonial .. a 63m (206ft) obelisk completed in 1861.  Its bronze bas-reliefs were made from captured French cannons ..

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Phoenix Column .. crowned by a phoenix … in memory of Lord Chesterfield, the Viceroy, who opened the park to the public in 1745 …

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The US Ambassador’s residence, Deerfield, is in the Park, and the only other residence in the Park is the Irish President’s official residence:  Áras an Uachtaráin ….    (both residences were built in the 18th century)

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Gatehouse at the entrance/exit …

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Many bridges cross over the River Liffey on route back to the city centre ..




The famous Ha’penny Bridge …

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The bus route went up O’Connell Street and along narrower streets.  I didn’t take many photos on this part of the route but sat back to enjoy the buildings and people.  Seems a bit odd, but this yellow door was eye level to me on the bus, somehow!!!  Managed to get a clear piccie as the bus went slowly round a tight corner …


We then encountered the beginnings of a demonstration and our bus had to take a different route back to O’Connell Street.  I don’t seem to have any photos during this part.   We passed ordinary houses, schools and people.  I am sorry now,  thinking back, that I didn’t take any photographs.  The bus managed to get ahead of the demonstration and re-joined O’Connell Street but hubby and I decided it was a good spot to disembark for a bite to eat and let the demonstration and crowds disperse before hopping back on another bus to finish the trip around the city

Henry Street – a busy shopping street ..

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Moore Street market off Henry Street …

P1040363- side street off Henry Street

Henry Street,  a perfect spot to capture The Spire which was a winning entry in an architectural competition to provide a replacement for Nelson’s Pillar (1808) which was blown up in 1966.  It was erected between Dec 2002 and Jan 2003 and is 121,2m (398ft) high with a base width of 3m and tapers to a 15 centimetre wide beacon at the top …


P1040359-The Spire of Dublin 120mtrs tall

Tail end of the demonstration …

P1040365-demonstration still going

Father Matthew – the Apostle …


Our sightseeing tour resumed once all was clear ..


Looking back up O’Connell Street towards Parnell Monument – Charles Parnell (1846-91) was leader of the Home Rule Party and known as the ‘uncrowned King of Ireland’ …




General Post Office – built 1818 – was the Irish headquarters of the 1916 Easter Uprising.    Statue of Jim Larkin (1874-1947) – Irish trade union and social activist and founder of the Irish Labour Party …

P1080502-General Post Office

Clery’s Clock :  Clery’s, long established department store dates from 1853.  The current building dates from 1922 after being completely destroyed in the 1916 Easter Uprising.   Under Clery’s Clock  is a well-known rendezvous for Dubliners and visitors from the country ..


The Grand Central Café Bar … formerly a bank …


Daniel O’Connell – 10 m high monument completed in 1883 :  O’Connell known as ‘The Liberator’, organized peaceful ‘monster’ rallies of up to a million people in pursuit of Catholic emancipation ..


Then we cross the River Liffey over O’Connell Bridge …



Our bus tour continues ….

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