Dublin and Guinness

Venue: Dublin, Ireland

Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4

Music: U2 – Where the streets have no name (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FsrPEUt2Dg)

My next travel destination after Hamburg was Dublin in Ireland, where I spent several days on a work visit. Fortunately I had one free day as I arrived in the weekend, so I had a chance to discover the city and of course have some Guinness along the way. Probably more than anything else Dublin is famous as the home of “the black stuff” and of U2 (and maybe also James Joyce for the literature lovers), but there’s much more to it as I had a chance to remind myself of its somewhat complicated historical and cultural background. As always I took plenty of photos along my way…

We start with the Molly Malone statue in the center of Dublin, a city landmark made after the popular Irish song.
An old beautiful building in the little streets close to the Molly Malone statue.
The cobblestone court of Dublin castle.
The sign explaining the history of Dublin castle – in English and Irish (or Gaelic) language. The appearance of Gaelic on all official signs and labels in Ireland is a constant reminder of their old language that I never witnessed to be spoken in Dublin.
The Christ Church cathedral -the elder of the city’s two large medieval cathedrals. The fact that all catholic churches were full of people on a Sunday morning was another strong reminder of being in Ireland and not in their neighbors on the other side of Irish sea.
And the witty signs in front of pubs are as good in Dublin as anywhere else. The left column certainly summarizes well my stay in Ireland.
A little piece of Dublin history – Kilmainham Gaol was one of the main prisons in Ireland from the 17th to the beginning of 20th century. It was used until after the Irish War of Independence from Great Britain 1919-1921..
The prison keeps all documentation from the years of the Great Famine in Ireland when one million people starved to death and another million emigrated overseas. Many people were forced to commit petty crime and were punished severely.
A jump from the old jail to the modern beer house, home of the Guinness brewery.
Walking down the corridor leading thousands of people every day to the Guinness tasting rooms.
Obviously little Guinny was feeling extremely comfortable in the Guinness Storehouse. (If you didn’t meet Guinny yet you can get introduced to him in here: https://kirilson.com/2016/11/25/hamburg-and-kunst/)
Shortly after the time for tasting was over and the time for drinking started.
And the best places for a pint in Dublin is the top floor of the Guinness Storehouse that is actually the tallest building in town. The view is even more amazing if you’re lucky enough to catch the sunset.
The magic moment right when the sun touches the horizon, and everyone forgets about their beer to catch the last rays for the day.
But life in Dublin only starts with the sunset, and people crowd at the pubs around the Temple Bar street to dance on traditional Irish music.
Another Dublin landmark is the Ha’penny brigde across the river Liffey.
It’s a pedestrian bridge with a nice view to central Dublin, where apparently some people forget their gloves…
..while some other people spend the night.
The evening view to the second main cathedral – St. Patrick’s.
And a more mundane evening photo of a random street in Dublin with the local double-decker public buses.
Back to landmark buildings: the main court of Trinity College Dublin, the most prestigeous Irish university located in the very centre of the city.
I spent quite some time and SD card memory trying to capture the beauty of the place without any blur as again I had not brought my tripod.
The Irish Houses of Parliament right opposite of Trinity College.
Again around the little streets of central Dublin, some of which serve as a back entrance for many bars and restaurants. This is Bedford Lane, which does have a name even if U2 were claiming otherwise from the bar around the corner.
No better way to finish the tour of Dublin than a large pint of Guinny together with little Guinny.

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