Dublin, Ireland Part II

With only 48 hours in Dublin, my friend and I planned to do as much as we could in the little time that we had. If you missed our arrival to Ireland and the first morning of our trip, check out Dublin, Ireland: Part I. The journey only got better as the day went on.

What I Saw

After lunch, we spent the afternoon exploring some of the city’s most popular sight-seeing destinations: St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin Castle, the Molly Malone statue, and Trinity College. We made sure to revisit St. Patrick's Cathedral at night to see it lit up green for St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Park
The Ha’Penny Bridge gets its name from the original halfpenny – or ha'penny – toll to cross it.
Dublin Castle
The Molly Malone statue commemorates the fictional female Molly from the "Molly Malone" song. The song narrates the legend of a young girl who died selling seafood during the day and herself at night. As you can see from the shinier parts of the statue, at least half of her story still lives on today...
Trinity College
Trinity College, Library Square

Though the illuminated St. Patrick's Cathedral gave off an air more eerie than inviting, it reminded me of the true spirit of the Irish holiday.

What I Did

Rooted for Irish Rugby

As if the weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations hadn’t drawn enough visitors to Dublin, the city was also hosting the final match of the Six Nation's Championship rugby tournament, Ireland v. England. In the spirit of the Irish, my friend and I set out to watch a broadcast of the match, but like most tourists, we did so in Temple Bar.

While charming in its own right, Temple Bar is a neighborhood of tourist-centric bars and restaurants dubbed the ‘cultural quarter,’ and consequently lacking an essence of true Irish culture.

Appealing nonetheless, it adopted us – and thousands of others – as we cheered on the Irishmen and booed the British. Ireland ultimately won the match, and the energy in Dublin was even more electric than before.

What I Ate

The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant

With crowds celebrating the country’s victory, many of the restaurants in Temple Bar were only serving drinks, not food. My friend and I wound through the area’s cobblestone streets searching for an establishment open for dinner. We stumbled upon The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant and were ushered downstairs to O'Flaherty's, their basement entertainment pub.

We were seated at the end of a long dining table directly in front of the stage where performers were playing. Sitting at the table cafeteria-style, it was impossible not to talk with those next to you. For us, they were to two students from the University of Illinois also studying abroad. We talked about travel, school, and how we felt sorry for one of them for putting Maryland in the Final Four of his March Madness bracket (they are always a tournament disappointment!).

People sang, clapped, pounded on tables, and danced with friends to the band's joyful and celebratory tunes. Between the music and the conversation, I couldn’t tell you if I even ate the fish and chips that I had ordered. Authentic or not, the experience is one of my favorite memories from abroad.

One day in Dublin down, one to go! Dublin, Ireland: Part III is coming soon.

Destination Locations

Síochána, Grá, Baile Átha Cliath,


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