Over a long weekend, Kian Hervey discovers why the Irish count themselves so lucky. Spoiler Alert— It has to do with beer & whiskey.
A Layover in Boston
It only seemed right to start our Dublin trip where the Irish first stopped in the US. We spent our three-hour layover in Boston. The local rail brought us directly to the Boston pier. On our walk over we stopped by Cheers, the site of the Boston Massacre, and explored Columbus Circle. After our layover, it was back to the airport for our nonstop flight to Dublin.
Flying Aer Lingus
Despite the entertainment going out, the flight seemed short and enjoyable on Aer Lingus. The inflight meal was a typical Irish spread. The crew all spoke with thick accents and referred to everyone as “dear.” We landed around sunset and headed to our AirBnB. Unprepared for the crisp air and long commute from airport to city centre, I shivered as we walked from the bus to our apartment off River Liffey. Sleep came easy as our first day of travel came to a close.
History Made Real
After grabbing a traditional Irish breakfast of eggs, beans, and tea, we walked to Dublin Castle. Like most European castles, Dublin Castle sits in the center of the old town square. Historical markers around the castle explained the significance of each building that make up the grounds. From the castle, we decided to hike to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Gothic steeples rose in nearly every direction as we made our way to the first church of Ireland. Hundreds of tourists crowded the church steps to get a selfie. We skipped the crowds and took photos in the church courtyard and park, which surprisingly was equipped with WiFi. The day was just beginning, but we already had so many memories of Dublin under our belt.
Back home, I am NOT a fan of dark beer. But after reading many Yelp reviews, I decided to trying a pint at the Guinness Factory. Built in 1759, the factory sits on a cobbled road and has about an hour or more wait for curious guests. Once inside, you walk through the entire brewing process and learn the history of the Guinness family. After our tour, our group toasted to a productive morning at the Sky Bar which overlooked the entire city.
Our final day started with breakfast at Queen of Tarts in the Temple Bar district. While the food was delicious, there weren’t any drinks to accompany our spread. We headed to the Jameson Distillery to quench our thirst. We did tasting of four reserve whiskey blends and sipped cocktails for hours. Walking back from the distillery, we stumbled upon a bar called “The Church.” Since it was a Sunday, we decided to stop in.
Once inside The Church, a live band greeted us with Irish jigs and songs. As we ordered drinks, we learned the bar was previously owned by the Church of Ireland. The Church was one of the first galley churches opened in Dublin and where Arthur Guinness wed his wife. It seemed like everywhere we turned in Dublin, there was a rich history to the city. As the sun set over our last day, we stopped for pictures by The Spire and Harp Bridge. As we packed our bags, we made plans to visit Ireland again.
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