|St. Michan's Church|
My wife and I spent May 16-23 walking the streets of Dublin, Ireland. We rode an AirLink bus from the airport to our hotel and never used another form of transport except our feet until our visit was over.
Dublin’s ancient buildings are amazing! While the oldest existing structure in Portsmouth, the Richard Jackson House, was built in 1664, Dublin boasts churches constructed almost 500 years earlier.
|St. Audeon's Chruch|
St. Audeon’s Church dates from 1190. St. Michan’s Church began as a Viking chapel in 1095 and was reconstructed in 1686. Building after building dates from the 19th Century or earlier. Some of Dublin’s highlights include:
|Brazen Head Pub|
Ashtown Castle – a medieval tower house constructed during the 1600s
Brazen Head – the oldest pub in Ireland first opened in 1198
|Christ Church Cathedral|
Dublin Castle – the oldest parts were constructed during the 1200s
Kilmainham Gaol – built in 1796
St. Patrick’s Cathedral – construction of the largest church in Ireland began during the 1200s
Trinity College – founded in 1592, the oldest buildings date from 1712
I enjoyed Dublin, but the city is a closed and walled community. Almost every park, public building, and private home is walled or fenced off and locked when not in use. No matter where you walk in the city, there is almost inevitably an eight-foot or higher wall on at least one side of you, high wrought-iron fences, and locked gates.
|Croppies' Acre Park|
Although sunset was not until 9 o’clock at night, most city parks were closed and locked tight by 4 o’clock. No entry is allowed until 9-10 o’clock the next morning.
|St. Paul's Church|
|Custom House Door|
One of Dublin's favorite pub ditties is a sentimental song called “Dirty Old Town”. It was written for an English community, Salford, but has become Dublin’s anthem. The title is an appropriate description of the city. Let’s hope Portsmouth is never described in those terms!
I left my calling card on the wall of the Brazen Head. I shall return!