Howth Coastal Path

Trip Start May 19, 2010
Trip End Jun 24, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Thursday, May 27, 2010

I wake Emily up and she doesn't want to run, but I talk her into it anyway.  We take a different route, turning up Foster Place, which is all uphill on the way out.  Pretty steep and definitely a challenge.  When we reach the top and turn around, we have a view of the water of the Dublin Bay.  Running downhill on the way back is great.  We shower and walk to get coffee and food before class.  Transnational Investment Law covers diplomatic protection, and in Comparative Constitutional Law, a field trip to the Irish Parliament is announced for next Tuesday.  We go back and make lunch in the apartment and soon after walk back for another Transnational Investment Law class.  Class moves on and afterwards, we make plans to meet up in Howth because Joe and Josh want to go into town to buy phones.  

Emily, Matt, Gordon, and I walk to the Sydney Parade DART station and wait 20 minutes for the next train going to Howth.  As we pull into Connolly Station, we see Joe and Josh waiting for the same train we're on.  So we get off at the Howth stop, the terminus of the DART line.  There's a pub attached to the DART station called the Bloody Stream.  Despite the boys being immature, its name is reference to a viking battle that occurred on a nearby bridge and over which the pub is built.  We make our way on to the harbour and take in views of Ireland's Eye, an island which is uninhabited but accessible by ferry.  I have written down directions to the Howth Coastal Path, so I lead the way up steep streets until we get to the trailhead.  Within seconds of stepping onto the rocky path, gorgeous views and rocky drops down to the water.  This path is actually promoted as a walking trail, unlike the far more narrow and unspoken path I took while hiking the Cliffs of Moher.  Still, gorgeous views everywhere we look.  The path we take goes up steep inclines and affords breathtaking ocean views as we approach the other side of Howth on the Dublin Bay.  When we reach that point, we can see Baily's lighthouse on a small peninsula and Dun Laoghaire on the other side of the bay, with Dublin City in the bay's center.  Bright yellow gorse is all over the place.  Very impressive views and again, the pictures cannot do it justice.

The walk back is much more reasonable because it's downhill.  We're all exhausted and hungry.  We walk through Howth village again and make our way back to the Bloody Stream for dinner and pints.  This pub won the dining pub of the year award in 2004, so we're confident with our decision.  The inside is the coziest atmosphere you can imagine.  There are stone walls, dark wood, and a blazing fire in a fireplace right next to our table.  Tired, we each order water to have before our Guinness.  Fish and chips all around, the meal is much-needed, delicious, and satisfying.  We stay for another pint and decide to make our way back on the DART since it's nearly 10.  We have to transfer at Connolly Station and are all tired, feet need to be put up.  We make the walk back to campus in the dark when we reach the Sydney Parade stop and have a drink upon our return.  A nice nightcap while we book tickets for the weekend to Cork, leaving tomorrow.  
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