posted by Guest blogger - Gary Davis | 0 Comments
Just a day now until the friends and I eagerly arrive in Dublin. The Guinness adverts ahead of St. Patrick's Day (with their ‘Bring it to Life’ slogan) are flooding English TV and radio waves -if only St. George's day could be celebrated with such fervour!
Anyhow I won’t be in the usual English drinking hole to see in the night itself so shouldn’t complain! I’ve been reading Hostelworld.com’s guide to Dublin for ideas on what to take in as well as numerous friend tip-offs.
A trip to the Guinness Storehouse is a given, along with casting our eye over the 9th Century Book of Kells housed at Trinity College. I’ll also pop in the Mercantile pub beside the Half-Penny Bridge if it’s still there, along with Kehoe’s pub off Grafton Street. For traditional Irish stew and music I’m hearing the area off O’Connell Street will suit our needs. I also want to devour the traditional Irish recipe of colcannon (mashed potato, cabbage and onions) with sausage when the lunch opportunity arises.
Heading to Kilmainham Gaol, which has spiral, circular levels and where they filmed the original The Italian Job featuring Noel Coward is another suggestion. I’d also like to take in the General Post Office and St. Stephen’s Green park area for some solitude too and read up a little more on their links to Michael Collins and the Easter Rising.
Can’t wait to see Dublin in full-swing on St. Patrick’s evening itself of course – hopefully no-one will end up in the river Liffey! Shall keep fellow-bloggers posted on how events pan out during our stay. Thanks again.