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Welcome to my home page. I am building my pages on this site and of course keep forgetting to add to my own home country pages. However, I will try and address this over the next while. If you are visiting Dublin / Ireland I would be happy to answer any question you might have.
I have built a short guided tour of one of my favourite areas of Dublin which you can find as an Album at the bottom of this page or in my Travelogue in my Dublin pages. I would welcome your views on it if you ever come to Dublin and try it out.
There are of course plenty of places in Dublin to taste Guinness. The home of Guinness is naturally a place to start and a visit to the Guinness brewery in search of your perfect pint is recommended.
However other great pubs to go to for a good pint
The Palace Bar on Fleet St
Doheny & Nesbitts (Baggot St)
O'Donoghue's (Merrion Row)
Irelan'd archeological history is among the most interesting in Europe. This is a megalithic tomb called a Dolmen and they are scatter throughout Ireland.
Ireland's rich archeology includes a briliant burial area at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth in the Boyne Valley are north of Dublin. These are must see visitor ataractions and accoriding to some accounts pre-date the Pyramids of Egypt. The technology required to build these tombs is an amazing testiment to our ancestor's ingenuity.
A great Website to check out for both Archeology and Mythology is www.mythicalireland.com
The west of Ireland has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and anyone who visits the county should spend time in Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo or Donegal to experience the more traditional aspects Irish culture and language. Though don't expect to see too many horse and carts !
This picture is of the old Moore street market where up to the late 1980's / early 1990's produce was still delivered by horse and cart ! Although this image of Ireland may be in some people's mind when they visit it is in reality a bygone time. I took this photo around 1983 as I knew it was soon to be a disappearing scene from Dublin. Nowadays there are horse and carriage rides around Dublin for tourists. They are a good way to see the city but can be a little pricey...
This is the river Liffey in Dublin and had the unenviable reputation of being pretty smelly especially in summer at low tide...even in a song by an 80's group Bagatelle which begins..."I remember that summer in Dublin and the Liffey as it stank like hell". It has been cleaned up a lot since then and doesn't tend to smell that bad that often. This picture was taken on a september evening and shows a view from O'Connell bridge looking westwards towards the halfpenny pedestrain footbridge (so name becasue you used to have to pay a toll to cross it). While you don't have to pay a toll now to do so there is usally a homeless person who may still deserve the charity of a passer by.
The Liffey isn't always maligned in literature and music. In fact James Joyce in Finnegan's Wake brings the river and the people who depnded on it to life.
On the river on the right hand side are the Four Courts a beautiful old building which is the legal centre of the city. If you go for lunch in this part of the city you will see barristers with their traditional wigs scurrying to court with large bundles of files.
The building is famous in history particularly as it was here the first shots were fired in the Civil War in Ireland in 1922. Michael Collins who had successfully negotiated a peace treaty with Britain now led the Government forces and was forced to give the order to open fire on the anit-treaty forces in the Four Courts. Many of those inside the Four Courts had fought along side him an attempt to gain freedom for Ireland.
The treaty with Britain had agreed that the Irish Republic would consist of 26 counties but the northern 6 counties would remain under the control of Britain. The pro-treaty side felt that the freedom of 26 counties from Britain was better than nothing. While the Anti-treaty forces wanted a full 32 county republic or nothing. This clash resulted in a civil war. The pro-treaty side eventually won but the bitter divide in the country was evident and the 6 disputed counties of Northern Ireland remain disputed. A cool link to get a brief summary of this phase of Irish History is wikipedia.
This picture was taken around 1988 and the buses shown were in use in the 60's / early 70's in ireland.
Some of the city tour buses are nearly the same as these but are painted red these days. These ones are usually rolled out for films, St Patricks day parades etc.
All photos on the site are my own work and if you want to use them please ask before doing so (© Joe Mac Aree 2005)
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