The North Pole
Also known as "Stiletto in the Ghetto", "Filler for the Pillar", "Spike in the Dyke", "Skewer near the Sewer", "Stiffy by the Liffey" or to give it its proper name - The Spire of Dublin.
Originally supposed to be built in time for the Millenium, the Spire was only completed in Jan 2003!
To me it is basically a metal toothpick in the middle of O'Connell St in front of the GPO. It is the highest monument in Ireland now but you cannot climb up it or anything like that.
And here is the first VT photo of it, taken from Abbey St.
Dublin has become an...
Dublin has become an incredible hustling, bustling place. Irish history and lore is so rich and varied, and Dublin has been around a LONG time. If I was taking someone to Dublin who'd never been before, I'd have to start on O'Connell street. It's 'the main drag' in Dublin City, and along its wide expanse you'll find the GPO (or General Post Office, where the Easter Rising of 1916 was fought), Trinity College, where you can see the Book of Kells, and the impressive Bank of Ireland. Of course there's the O'Connell Street Bridge over the River Liffey, which runs through Dublin, west to east, as well as many other bridges crossing the waterway. You'd have to have coffee in Bewley's Coffee House, listen to the beeping traffic lights, and make sure you notice the way the arrows point, so you won't be run over by the heavy traffic coming from the 'wrong way'.
Dublin is fun, friendly, busy, and full of life and history. People there never met a stranger, and anyone will help you if you ask. The hard part may be finding an Irish person, as Dublin has recently become a huge tourist attraction. I miss the water, the mist, the brilliant sunrises and the cloudy days. The rain that springs up suddenly and then is gone in a burst of sunshine and rainbows. I miss the lilting voices, and the 'full Irish breakfast'. I miss the signs on the city streets that tell you how many public parking spaces are currently available in the city!! I'd go back in a minute if I could. Go to Dublin and lose your heart!!
My fondest memory of Dublin was in June of 1998, when I visited there for the first time. I met up with several on-line friends and we joined together to attend Michael Flatley's last three performances in 'Lord of the Dance' at the RDS (the Royal Dublin Society, where the National Horse Show is held). It was a magnificent, magic week there, and the friendships I made then are still flourishing two years later!
Temple Bar- We love to hate you
Many locals claim to hate Temple Bar. Most locals on here will tell you all its faults, in detail, cos they see them.
So why do you find them on Saturdays drinking coffee and munching what ever wares are on offer at the food market in Meeting House Square.
Later, why do they eat in Tante Zoes, Drink in Farringtons, or over to the porterhouse for Friday Night's Guitar Beater, followed by a late drink in the Turks head or Isoldes Tower. Later still a quick coffee on the Plaza while watching the tourists stumble by, and off to the Late night buses.
Oh Temple Bar how we love to hate you.
You can find the tourist office in Suffolk Street in a beautiful 19th Century building that was formerly a church.The staff are very friendly with a wealth of knowledge and will help you with almost anything from your hotel to tours around Ireland and local information on buses and ferries. Inside this beautiful building they also have a small shop selling books and souvenirs and a restaurant upstairs. The tourist office also has locations in the following areas. If your thinking about calling home open an account with www.swiftcall.com, you will save a considerable amount and never use hotels as there is always hidden charges. A new tourist office has just opened in Dame street, beside Trinity College, have not been in there yet so can't give you an opinion.. but will test them soon..
Arrivals Hall, Dublin Airport
Ferry Terminal, Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The Square Towncentre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Upper O Connell Street, Dublin 1
Celebrating the Millennium in Dublin
Celebrating the 'Millennium' - new years eve 1999/2000 at a free open air concert in Merrion Square. What a nice atmosphere, great concerts (David Gray, The Divine Comedy)!!! Afro Celtic Sound System were performing at midnight...sent me a shiver down my spine!!! It was the first time I was really happy again after a really bad year!!!