Dublin, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 2019

Date: 10-11th July 2019

Travelled: 111 kilometres from Clogherhead to Dublin

Visited: Dublin

Stayed: Red Cow Park-n-Ride, โ‚ฌ4 no services. N53.31600, W06.36820

Budget: 35 days @ โ‚ฌ75 per day

We spend two nights in Clogherhead, the first very quiet the second not so. Our first evening is spent watching the seals bob up here then there. It was very entertaining. There is no pub here unfortunately but there are some excellent reviews of the seafood chowder from the Fishermanโ€™s Co-Op.

So itโ€™s the chowder and chips for dinner. The chowder was excellent home style. I thought the chips were the best Iโ€™ve had in Ireland, not that we have chips that often. Pam has some maintenance issues to attend to so we drive into nearby Drogheda. We have a wedding to attend in Santorini in a few days and the mother of the groom doesnโ€™t want to appear as though she has been living in a camper-car for 5 weeks.

No point driving into Dublin mid-afternoon so we pop back to Clogherhead for another night. Itโ€™s a warm evening and cars are coming and going down to the quay till late, just after mid-night two of the fishing boats load up and head for open water waking us again. Itโ€™s free here and some disturbance occasionally is part of wild camping.

The morning lobster harvest. The fisherman tell us all the lobster and razor clam they can harvest are on there way to China within a couple of hours.

So we say goodbye to Clogherhead and drive south for Dublin. Making a quick stop at the Blue long term parking at Dublin airport (we plan to leave the Hymer there for a week whilst we fly to Santorini) to check how it looks for security. After some delay due to traffic on the ring road we park at the Red Cow P&R.

Center map

Map of Dublin, icon indicates Red Cow P&R

Most of the free stops on our data-base for Dublin have some bad reviews, particularly recently as it is high season. Our friends Ian and Jo stayed at the Red Cow last year and recommended it. Parking at Red Cow and a day ticket (for two persons) on the Luas light rail is โ‚ฌ14.50. The trip to central Dublin takes about 30 minutes and a tram leaves every 10 minutes.

Dublinโ€™s top tourist stop on any list is Trinity College with it’s Book of Kells and the Long Room (my apologies to the Lager Lads who may argue the Temple Bar is #1).

Dublin Town Hall, can you spot Pam in this โ€˜Whereโ€™s Wally Photoโ€™ ?

We continue our walk up Patrick Street to find St Patrickโ€™s Park adjoining St Patrickโ€™s Cathedral.

We do cough up โ‚ฌ7pp to visit St Patrickโ€™s as the LP has it on the top places list. The present building dates to circa 1220, but it sits on an earlier church.

The Lady Chapel dates to circa 1270 but it reflects its complete renovation in 2013. The iPhone doesnโ€™t do the lead light justice.

The Choir. The Cathedralโ€™s denomination changed several times during its early life but it has remained Protestant since ? Yes you guess it, the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Enough Cathedrals for today we walk on several block to St Stephenโ€™s Green, the main park/gardens of Dublin.

Apart from its central fountain above there are 2 small lakes. A beautiful space and very popular for city workers having lunch on a summerโ€™s day.

After Pam enjoys a little retail therapy and I listen to some street music in the Grafton St mall, by now itโ€™s late lunch time.

Mmm, Iโ€™m missing you already.

So we cross the Liffey for the final time. Itโ€™s been a wonderful couple of days in Dublin, but Santorini calls.

Michael and Pam

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