Woke up to a morning rain shower with the expectation that we would have afternoon clearing. It is kinda like Oregon here – you never know for sure until it happens.
Met up with Mary at 9:00 a.m. and we headed first to Kilmainham Gaol (Jail), then to the Guinness Storehouse and finished up at Dublin Castle. We took the tram as far as we could to the Jail and walked the remaining distance on foot.
We were told there were 40 steps here. A local landmark from what we understand. Funny – I Googled it and this (below) wasn’t “THE” 40 steps.
Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) was “the” principle jail in the Dublin area. It operated from the early 1800’s to the 1930’s. Many famous Irish revolutionaries were incarcerated here and several of them executed within the jail premises. Was abandoned for many years before it was cleaned up and made ready for the tourists.
We were able to see the early jail cells which were no more than limestone walls and a big door. In the mid 1800’s the jails were packed with people during the famine years as a result of an increase in crimes and some people actually looked for ways to get into the jail so they could get a bite to eat.
A look inside one of the older cells. (At least it had a window.)
The jail expanded over the years and the cells became a little more (but not much) humane with the idea possible redemption. We saw the vast expanse of a more modern jail where light was considered to help the prisoners.
Our final stop was where the executions occurred. Hangings and firing squads. Very grim. I was very ready to leave at this point.
The Guinness Storehouse was another 20 minute walk away. The weather was starting to clear up and the walk was good way to see a few of the neighborhoods along the way.
You really don’t see much of the beer-making process. It is really just an exhibition hall spread out over 8 floors. Great amounts of beer is produced in this factory for Ireland, UK, and USA. There are other factories around the world. We learned how beer was made, advertising, beer tasting, and we ate lunch there too. At the top of the building they served beer and you had a 360 degree view of the city. This is one of the most popular attractions in the city.
Tasting Room. The samples we were given were no larger than a shot glass. The ones pictured with Mary (below) look much larger.
The floor with the advertising was fun to walk through.
Nice view from the top. The first picture shows just a part of the whole factory in Dublin.
After leaving Guinness, it was starting to get hot and muggy. I offered to pay for a taxi to take us to Dublin Castle for a tour of the state rooms.
There has been a settlement on the Dublin Castle grounds for more than 1,000 years – since the days of the Vikings. It has been built up over the millennium, which you can see from the different styles of architecture. Now it is used for ceremonial activities, state events, and traveling exhibitions. Our tour was just of the formal state rooms.
Was very impressed with the formality of the rooms. On par with Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. We saw the usual rooms used to welcome guests, dinning room, meeting hall, sitting rooms, etc.
By now the sun was out and humidity was rising. We took a taxi over to the other side of the city and each went our own way with plans to meet up later in the evening.
Later, we decided to return for drinks at The Oval Bar with its walls lined with seasoned wood – like Huber’s in Portland. From there we went back to Murray’s Pub for dinner and enjoyed the entertainment – a band who sang traditional songs and Irish dancers.
I should have taken a picture of the food. No one leaves there with an empty stomach! Food was excellent. I even had dessert! Figured that we burned a bunch of calories from walking around earlier in the day.
Mary was leaving in the morning for Glasgow to visit with her kids so we said our goodbyes with plans to meet up maybe in a few months. When I got home I was in bed within a hour and slept very well.