As you may have seen in some films based in Dublin's suburbs horses are a pet for some kids. A bit different then the normal cat or dog! During the 1970's horses began to creep into Dublins suburbs from the city centre where they were used for carting goods. The numbers of horses in Dublins working class areas exploded in the 1980's as they were cheap and kept kids away from drugs and anti social behavior. You would regulary see kids riding bare back through parks, housing estates and roads. Areas such as west Tallaght, Coolcok, Ballymun and Cherry Orchard had huge numbers of stray horses. During as the 1990s new laws came into force banning the ownership of horses in urban areas. But the urban cowboys fought the law and while most horses are off the streets, some still remain. A horse fair is held in Smithfield on the first Sunday of every month, much to the annonace of the city council who want to move it because it doesnt fit into the redevloped area. Wander up to the fair on a Sunday morning and you will find a few hundred people barganing and bantering. Drive though Ballymun, Cherry Orchard( the biggest stronghold in the city), Clondalkin, parts of Coolock and West Tallaght and see the horses in real life. But be really careful because they are not the friendlist places in thr world. You may also see horses going through the city centre carting goods. This situation is unique to Dublin and is being preserved for the future with equeatrian centres being built in Tallaght, Coolock, Cherry Orchard and Ballymun.
You will have to walk a bit. No the trai doesn't stop right in the middle of this sightseeing.
This is how a port looks at sunset , in a small village half an hour by train from Dublin.
Think it is worth a walk?
I was glad i did.
You could just stay in the city center... there is a lot to see and discover. But , the nice thing about Dublin is there is a local railway network that brings you in no time to the end of the world. In this case skerries.... I might just show you arround a bit.
It is not really off of a beaten path but it is so worth mentioning....Wicklow county. This is seriously gorgeous, we went to the Powerscourt gardens and while I was sitting there looking around me and taking it all in, I thought to myself, this is what my heaven will look like. These gardens were amazing! My picture that I took is much better than this one but I do not have it scanned yet so this one one will have to do. Go to www.powerscourt.ie to see more.