Friday, April 6, 2012

Last Day in Dublin

 Here in Dublin, near where we are staying in the South East, there are many rows of Georgian Mansions.  Each has a beautiful door painted in a bright glossy colour.  They are so cheerful that I thought I would show you a few o my favourites.
Aren't they "grand"?  I was planning to do something "scrappy" with them when I come home.  Does it inspire you to paint your door?  It does me!
A new survey just released, lists the Irish people as the happiest in the world!  Despite the country's money worries.  You don't have to convince me!
 Ireland is renowned around the world for it's pubs.  Now pubs are a thing most Australians understand only too well.  Here are a couple in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City.  One BIG problem. . .it is Good Friday and they don't sell alcohol on Good Friday!  Well just how do they expect the Irish and the Aussies to cope with that?

The famous Ha'penny Bridge across the Liffey River, which dissects Dublin City.  So called because there was a fee of one halfpenny charged to cross the bridge.

The River Liffey which flows through the centre of Dublin

No one was there to collect Eddie's halfpenny!  Could it be that some things are now free?  The views along the river are lovely as you can see from the picture above.
 The bridge may have been free but not so the churches.  Christchurch Anglican Cathedral was a beautiful example of religious architecture but somehow the icecream stand outside the door and the desk to charge you a fee to enter was not beautiful
The walkway across to the church from the Synod Hall

 Down the road to the Catholic Cathedral of St Patrick's.  Alas, no ice cream stand. But there was a desk to collect your money for a ticket to enter. While also a magnificent church building, we were asked to pay a fee to enter and pray on Good Friday!  Outside in the free park and just adjacent to the church was a plaque (picture below) designating this to be the site of early baptisms by St Patrick himself.  I reflected how he may have felt about the charge to enter his church to pray on the holiest of days.
Site of early baptisms by St Patrick

 Let's leave Dublin on a cheerier note.  St Stephen's Green in the centre of the city is a haven for residents, workers and visitors alike.  The gardens and plantings of tulips, pansies, hyacinths and primulas were spectacular and a riot of colour.  And free.  No, I must stop that.  Tomorrow, the west coast cottage at EnnistymonAnd the arrival of the rest of the family.

St Stephen's Green