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Dublin 2020

Taking the Jameson Distillery Bow Street Experience

Dublin and Jameson Whiskey are bound together like Dublin and Guinness, so I decided to take the Jameson Distillery Bow Street Experience yesterday. Bow Street is north of the River Liffey and to the west of town, in an area … Continue reading

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Dwindling Days in Dublin

As introduced in my last post, today was Pancake Tuesday, which was a bust. I only found one place, in a far away south Dublin suburb, doing something special (free pancakes all day) and two places that actually serve crepes, … Continue reading

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Pancake Tuesday and Other Delights

This coming Tuesday, February 25th, is apparently Pancake Tuesday, the day the Irish all go flipping crazy for pancakes! Pancake Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday, to give it its proper name) always falls before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of … Continue reading

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No Sign of the Bomb Cyclone, Yet

My final two weeks in Dublin begin tomorrow so I’m enjoying the city while I can. The weather has been a bit weird lately, what with two named storms (Ciara and Dennis) in a row hitting Ireland and the U.K. … Continue reading

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Modern Combat: Elections and Rugby

Last Saturday, I wound up watching the Ireland vs Wales Six Nations rugby match, in a pub full of Wales supporters! It seems that they all came to Dublin just to wear their red Wales jerseys, watch the match on … Continue reading

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The Titanic Experience Museum

Belfast was where the ill-fated RMS Titanic luxury ocean liner was built. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Belfast was a major shipbuilding port and the primary company, Harland and Wolff, employed 15,000 people. The dry docks, quays, and … Continue reading

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A Long Weekend in Belfast

Marti’s friends Marie and Kevin invited us to visit their hometown, Belfast, so we took the 2-1/2 hour train trip north for a long weekend. Like trains everywhere in this part of the world, the ride was a comfortable and … Continue reading

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Tourist Time in Dublin

My friend Marti arrived from Paris and we went into fun Tourist mode. She has always wanted to do an Irish Whiskey Tasting, so we went to the Irish Whiskey Museum on Grafton Street (the main tourist drag, south of … Continue reading

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Easing into Life in Dublin

After living in Dublin for a week, I’m getting into the Irish groove. I’m living north of the river, near The Spire, a 390′ tall chrome needle that sticks up in the middle of Connelly Street. West of Connelly are … Continue reading

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Getting Around Town

Dublin is a relatively compact city and it’s easy to walk about (cold and wet weather, or too many pints, notwithstanding). Like most cities, Dublin is well-equipped with taxis and there are a lot of conveniently-located cab stands. Uber here … Continue reading

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