Paddys Day in Dublin!

Trip Start Dec 19, 2011
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Trip End Oct 05, 2012


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Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday 16th March
To be continued…

After a calm, non eventful but eye-spy filled 2 hours we arrived back in Dublin, dropped bags off at hostel and drove back to car hire place. Unfortunately it wasn't quite as easy done as said… the trip back to Avis was crazy and long and slow and stressful due to traffic jams, accidents and road closures, but we made it juuuust in time (bit late but not late enough that they had shut yet)!  We walked back to the tram station and then took LUAS (the tram) back to centre where we did some shopping at carrolls (the souvenir shop for some paddys day festive outfits and decorations) and tesco (for dinner) and went back to the hostel.  Here we cooked up a delicious stirfry for dinner and had some drinks to go with it.  After a bit of a relax around the hostel we headed out to the pub down the road and then another pub a bit further where we had a few Guinness’s and baby Guinness’s (Kahlua and baileys mmm) and met some nice people before heading back to the hostel to bed.
 

Saturday 17th March
  Today is St Patricks Day aka Paddys Day!  We were all up a bit later today with a slightly sore head already –probably not the best start to the day, but we had a good breaky at the hostel to help.  We hung around the hostel for the morning getting ready for the day – sorting out our outfits, doing face painting etc.  We headed out to the parade at 12 getting pizza for lunch on the way.  The streets were filled with people head to toe in green – young, old, drunk, stupid, refined – everyone was in the spirit of it!  We got to the main area of the parade and scouted for a place to watch where we found a semi ok place and waited for about an hour in the rain for it to start… not so fun.  Thankfully the rain went away and we watched from here for a while till we decided to walk down the street along side the parade.  The parade was great with lots of cool floats and costumes and music as expected.  The streets were so incredibly busy and just a sea of green especially as we went further along the parade where the streets got smaller.  I don’t know where all these people came from or where they were all staying but it was amazing.  We wandered the streets for about another hour, checking out the Dublin castle on the way.
 
  After the parade the streets cleared slightly and we headed to a pub in Temple Bar (the pub quarter of Dublin) and then went to the porter house which is a famous stout and oyster pub in temple bar.  Here we had an oyster, a guiness, a chocolate stout and strawberry beer (the chocolate stout was interesting, smelt like chocolate but didn’t really taste it much, and the strawberry beer was lovely).  We then squeezed ourselves out of the pub and headed back towards O’Connoll street to try and find food. 
  
After a couple of pubs that were so full they either wouldn’t let us in or just weren’t serving any food we settled on eating at a fancy looking cafeteria where we splurged on some soup.  After lunch we decided to head back to the hostel for a bit of a relax and some drinks.  After afew hours we then headed out with a bunch of new French people we met.  We got more pizza for dinner (healthy I know but there wasn’t a lot of choice) and headed to back temple bar.  We tried afew pubs but they were all completely chockers, you couldn’t even move in them.  So we went back out to the streets (which were also full of people and bottles and all other sorts of rubbish) and decided to get some drinks from the supermarket and go and sit by the river.  We stayed here on the river walkway for hours meeting lots of new people and chatting with everyone until I couldn’t take the cold anymore and had to head back to the hostel (thankfully supermacs was so full that I decided I didn’t need any that badly!)















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Sunday 18th March

Got up a bit late again today, unsurprisingly, then had breaky and checked out but left our bags at the hostel.  We walked (fresh air did us good) across town by the river to the Guinness brewery (fabulous idea that we and a thousand other people had!).  We went through the Guinness storehouse which was really interesting and well set out.  We had some free tasters, learnt how to pour the perfect pint, had the Guinness world record for 'friendliest’ day of the year on st paddys day, had Guinness stew for lunch and went to the 360deg view gravity bar for views over the city. 
            
After we had been thoroughly Guinness-ed, we walked back to the hostel via the Jameson distillery and with the help of a taxi.  Once we got back we got our bags and went to the bus station to get our bus to Belfast. 


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Meabh on

Loving the face paint and costumes! Well done :)

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