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Dublin, Ireland PART 1

Does it count spending St. Patrick's Day in Ireland if you arrive at 11:40 p.m.? Dublin says yes! From the tourist takeover of Temple Bar to the residential reality of St. Patrick’s Festival, I felt the luck of the Irish around me my entire trip – even if it was only for a short weekend.

More than Green Beer and Lucky Charms

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.

Where I Stayed

Last minute planning left my friend and I in an Airbnb (no longer listed) just outside of the city. The room was safe, clean and perfect for our short stay.

Getting there, however, was another story. As it turns out, there are at least five variations of the address of our Airbnb in Dublin (avenue, drive, park, grove, and lawns). We know, because we visited nearly all of them the night of our arrival.

The first house we tried was dark, so our cab driver insisted on waiting until we got inside before he left. After ringing the doorbell many times, a sleepy, barefooted man greeted us at the door and immediately asked if we were looking for the Airbnb. He said that people often mistake his home for the listed property, and that he was glad – for our sakes – that he was home, and not his parents.

The man gave our cab driver directions to the supposed Airbnb and we drove about 5 minutes to the next home. After ringing the bell there without response, we called the Airbnb owner who explained that we were not, in fact, at his front door. When we finally arrived at the correct house, we decided that we would celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a good night’s sleep to make the most of our little time in Dublin the next day.

What I Did

Guinness Storehouse

It wouldn’t be a trip to Dublin without visiting the Guinness Storehouse, a building of seven stories celebrating beer.

From exhibits to bars, there was information and entertainment on every floor.

Your ticket gets you entry, a free beer, and stunning city views from the rooftop bar.

Where I Ate

L. Mulligan Grocer

Condé Nast Traveler never disappoints! One of their 15 Best Restaurants in Dublin, L.Mulligan Grocer stood out to me because of the recommendation of the Scotch egg, a delicious-sounding decadence that I had never tried.

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.

Our first morning in Dublin was full of Irish-inspired activities, but it was only the beginning! Stay tuned for Dublin, Ireland: Part II and Dublin, Ireland: Part III.

Travel Tips

  • Carry coins. Since we stayed a bit outside the heart of Dublin, we took a bus to get to the center of the city each day. On our first ride in, we learned that the buses do not give change when you buy a ticket. So, if your trip to Dublin takes you on the bus, make sure you have currency small enough to purchase a ticket without missing the difference.

Destination Locations

Síochána, Grá, Baile Átha Cliath,

A.J.H

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