Pub Hopping in Dublin

Temple Bar in Dublin is famous. Many people mistakenly think it actually was a bar but that’s not the origins of the name. In the seventeenth century a famous Dubliner, Sir William Temple  was the provost of Trinity College. Sir Temple owned property along the river Liffey. In the river in front of his landContinue reading “Pub Hopping in Dublin”

An Unusual Blarney Castle Adventure

A Short Story Blarney Castle Caution If you are not up the the challenge of climbing six stories of steep stairs – don’t start the tour… I think that one of those requirements for first-time visitors to Ireland is visit Blarney Castle. It was way up on our list of must see. When you tourContinue reading “An Unusual Blarney Castle Adventure”

A First Try at Seeing The Emerald Isle

Visiting Ireland On a Rainy Spring Trip Our first visit to Ireland was this past spring. Most people rave about this lush, green island and we now understand why. I’m not sure if it’s the sense of place, the history or the Irish people but we will surely be back again. This trip we spentContinue reading “A First Try at Seeing The Emerald Isle”

A Wet Day In Blarney

When you have a limited number of days to visit a country you just keep going, even when the weather turns foul. Such was the case when we traveled to Blarney Castle. Not so much cold but a persistent on and off drizzle. I’m still not sure what brought us to pick Blarney over aContinue reading “A Wet Day In Blarney”

Dublin Gardens in the Spring

For several days this May we visited a number of gardens while in Dublin, Ireland. The weather was mostly good with one morning of rain when we headed out for the National Botanic Gardens. By the time we reached the gardens the rain had lifted. The National Botanic Gardens – This is a really beautifulContinue reading “Dublin Gardens in the Spring”

The Port of Dunmore East, Ireland

Dunmore East is the port that serves the city of Waterford primarily for cruise ships. It’s a quant seaside village with a few galleries, gift shops and restaurants and some very nice walking trails along the shore. It is a bit isolated however and transportation options are few. It is also a tender port asContinue reading “The Port of Dunmore East, Ireland”

Pub Hopping in Dublin

Temple Bar in Dublin is famous. Many people mistakenly think it actually is a bar but it’s not. In the seventeenth century a famous Dubliner, Sir William Temple  was the provost of Trinity College. Sir Temple owned property along the river. In the river in front of his land was a sand bar and aroundContinue reading “Pub Hopping in Dublin”

The Port of Cobh, Ireland

Above: The City of Cobh, Ireland viewed from the pier. Visitors Center and train station in foreground.  Central Cohb and the dock areaPort Location & Facilities – Cruise ships will normally dock right in town only steps from shops and restaurants and immediately next to the rail station. There is no cruise ship terminal forContinue reading “The Port of Cobh, Ireland”

The Port of Dublin, Ireland

Port Location & Facilities – Large cruise ships currently are docking in an industrial port. It is about a mile and a half walk to get out of the port and to the edge of the city proper (3Arena). There is currently no cruise ship terminal, so ships will have to use boarding ramps. ForContinue reading “The Port of Dublin, Ireland”