Unfrogettable Ireland : Dublin (Part 1)

Dublin was our last stop on this trip. We arrived at our hotel in Dublin, Butler’s Town House, a few minutes to 9pm on Jun 19, a Friday, and left on Monday the 22th early in the morning.

Dublin is one of the most pleasant cities, attractive and genial. There is plenty to see in Dublin but it is not overwhelming. If you plan it right, it is easy to walk to the many sites. If necessary, parking, bus, taxi and light rails are conveniently available.

Being there on a weekend when there was no blockbuster event going on worked out great for us after all. It was not crowded but contagiously lively. Especially in the evenings, there was music everywhere on Temple Bar, in the cafes or on the street, where I witnessed a few bridal parties, passing by, danced rapturously to the various music from different groups of street performers, creating a parading spectacle.

The most amazing to me, is the treasure kept at Trinity College Library, The Books of Kells and other manuscripts. The books and manuscript are gospels hand written in Latin with illustrative and decorative inserts. The craft of ancient book making from producing vellums to binding books is fascinating and the vibrant colors and intricate patterns of the illustrations are stunning. It too is a miracle that they have survived more than a millennium. It dawned on me, as it was put by one Irish monk: “… I get wisdom day and night. Turning darkness into light”, that the teaching of reading and writing by the monks through the spreading of the message of the life of Christ, was quite essential to human civilization.

Butler’s Town House

Our room

Our room


I loved the décor at Butler’s Townhouse. Sibyl and staff couldn’t be more warm and friendly.

Bathroom

Bathroom

Sitting room

Sitting room

Breakfast room

Breakfast room

Old City

South City Market

South City Market

Gorgeous building in red brick on corner of Fishample St and Lord Edward St

Gorgeous building in red brick on corner of Fishample St and Lord Edward St

Christ Church Cathedral (founded 1030), south end

Christ Church Cathedral (founded 1030), south end

Christ Church Cathedral, north end

Christ Church Cathedral, north end

The Four Courts (1785) on north bank of River Liffey

The Four Courts (1785) on north bank of River Liffey

Old City Gate from 1240 AD

Old City Gate from 1240 AD

City Hall

City Hall

A corner of Dublin Castle

A corner of Dublin Castle

St Patrick’s Cathedral and Garden

St Patrick’s Cathedral and Garden

Temple Bar

Captain Magic in His Wonderland

Captain Magic in His Wonderland


I loved this group, especially Lucio who is cute and sounds great on his violin. We bought their CD for 10 Euros.
My salad at Quay’s Bar and Restaurant

My salad at Quay’s Bar and Restaurant

Inside Quay’s Bar and Restaurant

Inside Quay’s Bar and Restaurant


The restaurant was packed but it was worth the wait and they moved pretty fast.
Our delicious dinner at Quay’s Bar and Restaurant

Our delicious dinner at Quay’s Bar and Restaurant

Front of Quay’s Bar and Restaurant

Front of Quay’s Bar and Restaurant

One bridal party dancing on the street

One bridal party dancing on the street

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Trinity College

Waiting for light rail near hotel

Waiting for light rail near hotel

The Berkeley Library

The Berkeley Library

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The building where Book of Kells are housed

The building where Book of Kells are housed

Library shop at the entrance to exhibit hall of Book of Kells

Library shop at the entrance to exhibit hall of Book of Kells

The Campanile

The Campanile

Grafton Street

Entering Grafton Street (pedestrian only shopping area) from north

Entering Grafton Street (pedestrian only shopping area) from north

Molly Malone’s Statue

Molly Malone’s Statue

Street performer had an adorable volunteer

Street performer had an adorable volunteer

Marionette performer

Marionette performer

Flower stand

Flower stand

Pretty window display

Pretty window display

Stephen’s Green Shopping Center (near entrance to St Stephen’s Green) marks south end of Grafton St.

Stephen’s Green Shopping Center (near entrance to St Stephen’s Green) marks south end of Grafton St.

St Stephen’s Green

Dublin Fusiliers Arch (1904) marks the north west entrance to park, St Stephen’s Green

Dublin Fusiliers Arch (1904) marks the north west entrance to park, St Stephen’s Green

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