Dublin

when:

I went Easter 2016 (25-28 March).

The best time to visit Dublin is in the summertime when temperatures are "warm", but is also the hight season so probably the acoomodation will be the hightst

why:

Is one of my favorites cities in Europe,  I've been there already 3 times but, the last one was 15 year ago.

I was  curious to see how the city had change.


Literature & Film:

  • UllyssesProbably the most famous book from James Joyce.
  • The Commitments: Comedy-drama film directed by Alan Park,. the film tells a story of working class Dubliners who form a soul band.
  • Once :Irish romantic musical drama film with a beautiful soundtrack (the main song " Falling slowly" won an Oscar for Belst original song in 2007).

Did you know...

  1. Twice a year (good Friday and Christmas day) all the pubs of Ireland are close and is prohibited to sell alcohol
  2. The official color of Ireland is Blue.
  3. The colours of the irish flag hat a symbolism behind each of them: green representing the Gaelic tradition, orange representing the followers of William of Orange in Ireland( protestants), and white representing the aspiration for peace between them.

Dublin is one of my favorite cities in Europe, my last time in there was in 2001 and when I booked the flight I didn’t know that I was going to visit Dublin during a Good Friday and the centenary of the Easter rising,  such an unique weekend!! 

On board


Temple Bar

I landed in Good Friday, that day is forbidden to sell alcohol and because of that all of the pubs are close. No alcohol, all pubs close open, in Ireland!!

The Intoxicating Liquor Act, was introduced in 1927 and it prohibited the sale of all alcoholic drinks on Christmas Day, Good Friday and St Patrick’s Day. The St Patrick’s Day clause was repealed in 1960.

 

Although was kind of weird to see all the pubs close, was also interesting to see the Temple bar not so crowded.  



Doors

Dublin’s colorful architectural collection of doors sprawling throughout the city are the most familiar aspects of what is known as "Georgian Dublin", a style of architecture associated with the reign of no less than four King Georges between 1714 and 1830. Although you can find them all around the city, some of the best places to spot the doors are around Merrion Square, Fitzwillian Square, Baggot Street and Lesson street.

Ha´penny bridge

 I don’t know why but I love this bridge!!

Officially named Liffey Bridge, built in 1816, the Halfpenny Bridge was Dublin's first pedestrian only bridge to cross the Liffey. The name came from the price the pedestrian had to pay to cross it.

But Dublin is more than Pups and doors, is a city full of history, music and literature. A small capital easy to walk. This was my 4th time in town but there are still a couple of things like the library of the Trinity College and the Kilmainham Gaol, I guess that I will have to go again… and maybe the next time I have the chance to visit the whole country :)

And now a little bit of history…

The Easter Rising , also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798 and the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period. It lasted 6 days over 450 people killed and 2,500 wounded. Public opinion turns to suppor Rissing after the execution of 15 men identified as leaders at Kilmainham Goal .

 

On Easter Sunday 2016 Hundreds  of people had lined the streets to see the military parade, it was the largest ever staged in the Republic of Ireland, and featured a fly-past over the city centre by the Irish Air Corps.

 

 

 

I don't know I the whole country was praying  to all of the Celtic gods or what but during the parede the weather was amazing and sunny, and just 5 minutes after it ended it began to rain, true strory!! and then this happend...


Tips

  • Even if you are from the UE you will have to pass police control, if you travel with your passport you will be able to use the machine and skip a queue.
  • From or to the Airport: Take the bus Airlink 747  running from the T2 to the city center making different stops (6€/10€ single/return). (http://www.dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey1/Timetables/Airport-Services/)

 

 The Winding Stair (40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1)In front of the Ha’peny bridge.

 It used to be a coffee place and a second-hand bookstore. 5 years ago, they remodelled the place and turned it into a beautiful restaurant. The food was pretty good (a bit pricey, though) but the location and the views  are still simply perfect. 

http://winding-stair.com/ 

 

The Brazen Head  (20 Lower Bridge St, Dublin 8)

Irelands oldest pub  nowadays is a food pub you can enjoy the fantastic Guinnes stew or Irish stew, live music or even a storytelling.

http://www.brazenhead.com/

 

The Merchant's Arch Bar(48/49 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar ,Dublin 2)

Nice place to enjoy a beer while listening to live music.

http://www.merchantsarch.ie/

  

The Grand Social (35 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1)

Huge spot right at The Halfpenny Bridge. Different areas and very large enclosed heated smoking area.  Flea market during the day.

http://www.thegrandsocial.ie/

 

Turk’s Head (Parliament Street | Temple Bar, Dublin Dublin 2)

Busy stylish bar in Temple Bar's West End is renowned for its extravagant design: complemented by mosaics which remains you to the Güel lpark in Barcelona making a refreshing change from your traditional pub.

https://www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN/timeline

 

The Stag's Head (1 Dame Court, Dublin 2)

Trying to find a live Irish music we enter in one of the more traditional Irish pubs in the city and found out that there were a story telling going on. Really nice atmosphere

www.louisfitzgerald.com/stagshead

 

The Porterhouse (16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2)

Flour floors lots of wood and lots of windows overlooking Parliament street. Perfect for beer lovers, they have a diversity of craft beers and have they own microbrewery

porterhousebrewco.com

 

Darkey Kelly's (Copper Alley, Fishamble Street, Dublin 2)

You don’t need to be in the Temple bar to enjoy live music and a pint of beer, in Dublin there is a pub in every corner. This one is a good example, we were probably de only not Irish in this Pub which was completely full, music was nice and the people (most of them drunk) were polite.

http://darkeykellys.ie/