Dublin Part 3: We look for the pot of gold

Hi! So, illness has descended upon the house. Naomi has become an “incubus of viral plague” to quote my favorite Meryl Streep. I’ve been avoiding her. I don’t have the time or the mental capacity to be sick right now. Once she feels better, we’ll be friends again!

So, on a happier note, this is the last post in my Dublin series! And thanks for sticking with me! I had a lot to cover and I figured breaking it up would be best!

So, one of our lovely professors decided that he wanted to see the Martello Tower where James Joyce stayed, and got the idea for the first chapter of his novel Ulysses. And we decided to go with him!

To get there, we had to take the train! It was very exciting to ride the Dublin train. We took it to the adorable seaside village of Sandycove. When we got to Sandycove, we were greeted with a very beautiful sight!

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Waiting for our train! Our Mama Cat was very excited!

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And once we got to Sandycove, there was the prettiest rainbow ever!

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After admiring the rainbow, we hiked through the adorable town of Sandycove to the James Joyce museum which attaches to the tower.

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Then, we got to climb up inside the tower! Since this is a very old guard tower, the stairs were very steep and narrow spiral staircases. Going up was fine, coming down was a whole nother ball game.

When we got to the next landing, the room was set up as they believed it looked the nights that Joyce stayed there, and got the inspiration for Ulysses.

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They even had a replica black panther, like from the dream sequence in the first chapter of Ulysses. 

After, we got to climb to the very top of the tower. This involved another flight of terrifying stairs, but the view from the top was so very worth it!

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It was real windy up there!

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We climbed down the tower (again, terrifying!), and hiked through the town to a pub where Joyce used to go to write. We ate lunch there, and were drinking at noon, like the Irish do.

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After lunch, we caught the bus back to Dublin. We headed back up Grafton Street to where the best ice cream in all of Ireland was said to reside. And they didn’t lie! It was amazing!

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If you’re ever in Dublin, go to Murphy’s. You’ll thank me later!

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I got some type of decadent brownie concoction! It was soooo good!

When we were done with our ice cream, we shopped a little on Grafton Street and the streets leading back to the hostel. We gathered our things and waited patiently for the bus to pick us up and bring us back to Dungarvan!

Well, that was my time in Dublin! Stay tuned for my trip to Kilkenny and Waterford! Gotta run! The girls and I are to our favorite pub, Merry’s! Salante!

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