Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Dublin

As we left the ferry when we arrived in Dublin our tour guide told us it is very rare to be checked by Irish Border Security, but all we threatening older western country people having a cheap UK coach tour were checked, lest one of us had a bomb in our luggage. I understand how nasty it can be for so many who are not Anglo to be racially profiled and targeted at borders. I have non Anglo friends who have been so harassed at customs and immigration, but really, the targeting of fat old white people on a coach by Ireland Border Control is an absurd waste of resources. Is the point that I should write Irish Border Control take their role very seriously and don't allow anyone into the country without scrutiny. I am not.

We bailed on the optional tour of tour of Dublin. We needed a day to ourselves. We slept a bit late and did not have to rush off anywhere. I probably managed to paint my nails that morning and pluck away a few stray hairs. We had explored the Temple Bar area the evening before and we had no reason to do so again.

I am sure Dublin used to have trams, but closed the system down, as so many cities did. However, a few years ago new tram lines called the Luas was built (well 2004 actually). It was good but although it passed by our hotel, it was quite a long walk to the nearest tram stop and not a very attractive concrete walk at that. I can't remember how we bought tickets, but we did of course. Probably a machine at the tram stop.

I am not sure why we chose to leave the tram at a certain place. I guess I looked in advance. It was at the corner of Jervis Street and Abbey Street Upper. Right near the tram stop was the National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland. Yeah, we are up for that and it was quite entertaining. Our guide was good.

There was a nearby shopping centre where we lunched and bought a couple of bits and pieces. We hunted around for something, I think an ATM. We headed back to the hotel and had a g&t before an afternoon nap. It was a day off we needed.

But not totally a day off. That evening we had chosen to visit The Merry Ploughboy pub for an included meal and show. The show was good and it was a nice evening. R posted a photo of  us standing outside The Merry Ploughboy to FB and one of the lovely Irish nurses who we met during our South African holiday in 2018 and is an FB friend of his commented that we had driven past her home to go to the The Merry Ploughboy.

Not too many photos. I will make up for that in the next post.







Leprechaun story telling.



We stayed at the Red Cow Hotel.



Doesn't The Merry Ploughboy sound so gay.



My choice may not have had his leg lifted the highest but he was rather cute.


He does carrying a roll of lino hands on hips rather well too.


For you public transport nerds, this is seriously heavy tensioning of the overhead Luas tram power wires. 

34 comments:

  1. They might have heard there were suspected Australians on the coach.

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    1. Tasker. We are very suspicious.

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  2. I lived in Dub pre-Luas and it was a nightmare. Luas has made all the difference in getting around and also stopped the choking cars taking over the entire city. No perfect but hey....

    You sure got around on your trip over dere.....:D

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, it felt like people owned the streets, rather than cars. You were in my mind when I wrote the post.

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  3. I was the only one in my group to be frisked at London airport, I was mortified at the time as it was in 1987 and it hadn't happened to me before in my travels. We were stopped at the Irish border but were let through when we did a self drive holiday the same year. I think security is there for a very good reason but I agree with you re the effects on some people who may be profiled.

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    1. Cheryl, clearly you looked very suspicious and security would not waste time on you without good reason. C'mon, what did you have in your case?

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  4. I obviously look suspicious. I am often targetted for a frisking. Even when I am just seeing people off at the airport.
    Your quiet day packed quite a lot into it - and the Leprechaun museum looks like a hoot. Finishing the day with some eye candy has to be a win too.

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    1. EC, issue one, you are at an airport without the intention to fly. You say you were seeing people off..... Eye candy is all it is to me now.

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  5. It sounds like you had a frisky, gay old time in Dublin!

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    1. Lee, we did have a rather gay old time in Dublin. I expect we could have had another kind of gay time in Dublin.

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  6. I think Brexit will be tragic in any case, but even more tragic for the good people of Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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    1. Hels, surely Ireland will be ok. It is separate already. How annoying to need Euros. As for Northern Ireland, it is complicated, yes?

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  7. Hmmm. We're so much taking a step backward in time as world. I remember reading in school about W.A.S.P (white Anglo Saxon Protestant) sound little snobby to me.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, it is interesting that you bring up WASPS. I admit to being one and have had privileges in life because I am.

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  8. Would never have thought a Leprechaun museum would appeal to you. These days I always expect to be searched so it's a bonus when I'm not.

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    1. Marie, the museum was fun, and my memory of leprechauns from my childhood was pretty vague. You are another clearly suspicious character at airports. What nonsense it all is.

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  9. No actual Leprechauns in the museum? I'm disappointed. A rest day is often needed after a whirlwind of sight seeing.

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    1. River, no, there were no little people but the leprechaun tales were interesting and to learn what the myths are based upon.

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  10. The Leprechaun Museum sounds intriguing :) I can imagine also needing a day of touring once in a while and just take it easy. That red cow and the cow mural are very cute Andrew.

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    1. The Museum was easy to visit and a fun thing to do, Sami. The Red Cow went down quite with family on FB.

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  11. I always get pulled in for frisking when we go to Sydney, Aimee thinks it's hilarious especially as with her bright orange hair and couple of tats they never pull her in. I must look the suspicious type, probably because I'm doped up with drugs just to get on the plane 😁😁 Dublin looks lots of fun.. The Merry Ploughboy, absolutely 😉

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    1. Grace, that is so funny that you get pulled and Aimee doesn't. Do yo have a dazed look as you go through the airport? How cool was is that Orlaith in Dublin remembered us. She is young but just adored R.

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  12. I never got to Ireland. Seems like I need to put it on my list. The Leprechaun Museum looks like it would tickle my fancy!

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    1. Maribeth, your rather long list.

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  13. OMG - I would love to visit the Leprechaun Museum, and I need to sit in that chair!!! Looking forward to more pics!

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    1. RO, if you can get up into the chair. It is terribly high.

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  14. Places I need to visit

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    1. Travel, we are pleased to have seen them.

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  15. Same program for me 3 years ago ! I also stayed in the red cow and took the tram. However I don't remember anything special at the border, there was nothing I suppose. What I remember was that so many shops were closed definitively !

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    1. Gattina, it was as we left the ferry. Nothing seemed closed when we were there.

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  16. The red cow is awesome! Did you have your photos taken looking through the head holes in the leprechaun mural??

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    1. Jenny, I took two or R with his head in the holes.

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  17. Leprechaun Museum, was near our last hotel in Dublin, the Ashling.
    The RED COW on the Naas Rd!! You were right near my cousins!!
    I've had a few drinks in the Red Cow.

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    1. Jackie, we nearly always sat outside to have a drink but I can't remember what the outside was like. I think the hotel was nice enough.

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