Dublin

My home town! But maybe I need to get out more and get more shots of this great city!

Ivy on St Stephen's Green

Ivy on St Stephen’s Green

No need for Sat Nav co-ordinates here. Just go into the city centre by bus, or park your car, and walk. Really, it is the only way to see the city. And you would be amazed how much of the city you can cover in a couple of hours.

Gate of St Stephe's Green

Gate of St Stephe’s Green

Both of the above shots are of St Stephen’s Green. Did you know that Parnell Square in Dublin has four unequal sides. St Stephen’s Green is truly square, but we call it a green. You gotta love Dublin wit. Rumour has it that when an American tourist asked the taxi driver for the identity of one of the statues in the park, he was told “That’s Stephen Green himself. He won medals for gardening”

Clerys Department Store

Clerys Department Store

Clerys Department Store (above) and the GPO (below) are part of the fabric of Dublin History. Clery’s have been trading since 1883 and the GPO opened for business in 1818. They are directly opposite each other on O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare.

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Dubliners have applied nicknames to most of the statues and monuments throughout the city. Probably the most famous is the “tart with the cart” (Molly Malone) which is must photograph one of these days. This one is the “hags with the bags.

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Of course Dublin is synonymous with the river Liffey which dissects the city and which has many landmark bridges. Below is O’Connell Bridge.

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The Ha’Penny Bridge (below) was the first pedestrian bridge built over the river and it gets its name from the toll people paid when it first opened for business in 1816.

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More recently the city has received a boardwalk that runs for a kilometre or so in the centre of the city, so you can better appreciate the odour of the river.

Liffey Boardwalk, from Ha'Penny Bridge

Liffey Boardwalk, from Ha’Penny Bridge

Below is an image of Dublin’s iconic Custom House at night.

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Another night shot below, the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

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There are almost countless churches in Dublin. This is a shot of Saint Anne’s Church in Dawson Street taken from Grafton Street.

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