Usually when I visit a new city, I make sure to go on a tour to learn the history of the place and its people. With less than 48 hours in Dublin, however, I had to brush up on my St. Patrick’s Day history from home.
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with introducing Christianity to the country in the 5th century. One of the most popular legends associated with his name is the idea that he used the three leaves of the Irish clover – the shamrock – to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). He is believed to have died on March 17, 461, thus inspiring the observation of the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick. As the day of recognition evolved, it became a celebration of patriotism and pride for Irish around the globe.
Though the restaurant was a little out of the way from the center of Dublin, it was well worth the visit. Their Scotch egg definitely lived up to its reputation.
While my friend and I went to L. Mulligan Grocer for the Scotch egg, we stayed for the cozy atmosphere and friendly staff.
As “cozy” and “friendly” are rarely words used to describe anything French, when our waitress brought us two of the restaurant's menus, we laughed at the contrast between our experience in Ireland and our experience studying abroad in France. Why? The food and beverage offerings are tucked into the pages of old books, and one of ours was “Rescue from France.” Coincidence at its finest.