General Comments, Dublin
Fondest memory: My fondest memory by far is that of the house I stayed in while visiting Dublin for the second time. My boyfriend (now ex) was doing his Ph.D. on Dublin City University and had a rented room in a part called Phibsboro. He shared the house with five other men aged from 20 to over 70. As soon as they saw there was a girl in the house they started turning me into a spoiled 'our lass' who always had all her drinks paid in the nearby Bohemian House no matter how she insisted otherwise. Especially the two oldest men, both over 70, were so interesting - literary wells of stories describing their colourful lives. None of them could remember my name no matter how hard they tried, but they would always make excuses like 'I heard the radiator's broken, mind if I have a look?' just to come in and have a chat with me. When I had to leave I cried like a rainstorm - not only because I had to part with my boyfriend, but also because I knew how much I'd miss the house!
All around the old part of the city - visit the oldest pub 'the brazen head' walk around stephan's green.
Show the site of 1916 rising - G.P.O. (General Post Office)
Fondest memory: I would miss - The Craic! the people - all I grew up with and my home.
Fondest memory: Well not the fondest, maybe the saddest. This is a sculpture commemorating those who died in the potato famine in the late 19th century. Between the deaths and the migrations en masse to America it reduced the population of Ireland from 8 million to under 4 million. It made me stop and think. I am Irish on my fathers side and 'there but for the grace of God, go I..' for my ancesters fled Kilkenny during that period. Thank God they made it.
Favorite thing: Ireland is famous for the good golf courses, so if you are into the golf, you should try once in here. This is the place where movie 'Far and Away' filmed. I think this shows the Irish atmosphere very much
Fondest memory: Drinking a few bottles of wine and then sitting in front of my friend's house the night U2 played Dublin in 1997 singing along to their songs. To hear the music better we used my friend's hearing aids - she didn't hear anything anyway !!!
Fondest memory: 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!!!
Fondest memory: In 1990 - just after the football world cup where Germany won - we came to Ireland who did really well in the world cup and everyone still was in football fever (read 'The Van by Roddy Doyle' about this! My favourite book!). So whenever we met someone in the pub we were asked 'And how do you feel as a world champion?' and we always replied 'We didn't play'. That's when we found out that the Irish are the friedliest people on earth!!!!!! :-)
Favorite thing: You have to cross one of many bridges as the river Liffey runs through the city centre, and acts like a border and split Dublin in to North and South. The river rises in the Wicklow mountains near Poulaphuca , south of Dublin. it enters the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay. It is over 120 Km long. The sights along the Liffey include the National Museum, Customs House and Guinness Brewery.
Strolling along the River Liffey here in December can be quite an experience too. Fortunately for me, the weather this particular December (2001) is considered mild. In fact, the Dubliners call it their 'warmest' December. :-)
Can you spot the Clarence Hotel owned by the world famous Irish band - U2? No? Squint harder!
Fondest memory: This is a glimpse of how busy Dublin gets during the Christmas period. The weather for the second half of December is kinda...brrr... chilly. But for the first half of December, the weather is FANTASTIC.
...well in fact i'm going to dublin and the airplane will leave tomorrow - so i'll do my best for make some nice pics... ;-)
Fondest memory: Friendly, sympatic people with a bit curious accent - but it's no problem to get in contact with them!!! every day is partytime - especially in some pubs in the temple bar area...
If the weather's good, just stroll around town and appreciate the architecture...here's a few pictures to start with...i still have to take more areas and scan them!
Fondest memory: The Liffey is the river crossing Dublin into 2 very definite parts, the North and the South, the latter (although it's not as clear as before) having the best reputation. You can know where places are located with the postcode: odd numbers are in the North and even numbers are for areas on the South side of the Liffey.
The sunset from the bridges are usually worth the look...
Ireland is very GREEN and the sky can be very GRAY. However when it stops raining the clouds often give way to the beautiful BLUE sky (as on this photo).
this is Molly Malone fast becomming one of the most photographed chicks in Ireland though probably not often like this.
My friends were susprised that I know nearly all the words to this famous Irish song.
First time I ever went to Ireland my mother was sure I would not come back such is my liking of all things Irish.
Fondest memory: fondest memories of Dublin was having friends meet me at the Airport both times i arrived.
Dublin is a city that holds very dear memories in my heart.
I have now spent some time in both summer and winter in this wonderful country .
Arriving this time in winter in minus 5c and finding snow is something I will never see in december in my own country so it was very special despite knowing my own home was 40c on the same day.
Fondest memory: that temp was the coldest I have ever been in and they tell me it was the first settled snow in 9 years in Dublin.
Dublin holds so many great memories to me I wouldn't be able to begin.
just being able to return was a pretty awesome feeling for me.