Dublin

Before visiting Dublin, I had flashbacks of a poster I had coveted in the 80s – the infamous, multi-coloured Georgian Doors of Dublin. (Years of living in Boston, heavy with its Irish ancestry, had also given me a ‘taste of the Irish’.) I visualized the city’s fashionable Grafton Street; age-old Trinity College; traditional pubs and fish ‘n chips; and, I won’t even mention U2.                                                     That was the Dublin I expected to see.

Then there was the Dublin I was surprised to find: a modern waterfront developing along both sides of the River Liffey – the result of a regeneration of the quays and Docklands with projects like the O2 amphitheatre; deluxe apartments; public art; Grand Canal Square; and, Calatrava’s landmark Samuel Beckett Bridge, a symbol at the city’s maritime gateway. I wonder what more we’d see if it weren’t for the difficult economic climate… In the city centre, a guided walking tour revealed its medieval haunts, literary traditions (sights of Ulysses), and the narrow, cobbled streets of Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter. As expected, pubs are aplenty and spilling out to the street were clusters of ‘happy hour’ goers. The history of Guinness, of course, goes way back.

A special outing was a day trip to Howth, or Beann Éadair in Gaelic, a picturesque coastal village north of Dublin. A cliffwalk along the scenic peninsula affords a great view of the island of Ireland’s Eye, the harbour and the village.

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123 responses to “Dublin

  1. Such great mood conveyed in these pix — I love the 3 gentlemen.

    You captured fun images here! 🙂

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  2. I LOVE this post! I was just in Dublin about 2 weeks ago and loved everything about it! Although I took a million photos while there, thank you for sharing yours! They’re beautiful!

    And congrats on being Freshly Pressed! Anyone who shows Dublin some love should be… 😉

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  3. Great set, love the shot of Phil Lynott and the kegs…

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  4. beautiful pictures, i really like them..thanx for sharing.. 🙂

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  5. I love Ireland, and this brought back some memories. Great pics too.

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  6. I saw in Munich a woman with exactly the same pink coat! …funny… lovely observations! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. great pictures! Ireland looks like such a lovely place.
    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  8. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. My wife and I loved our visit last year!

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  9. Those are some great pics! Really captures the city well.

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  10. Great eclectic selection of photos. (Fav: man sitting on barrel outside green doorfront) I adored Ireland when I visited.

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  11. I’ve always wanted to go, and these pictures and accompanying thoughts have only solidified that desire. Especially the little kid with the sword. Awesome.

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  12. Lovely photos!! I explicitly the bridge.
    Thanks
    -Linda

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  13. Wonderful pictures! Dublin is so full of life compared to their dreary British neighbors. The Samuel Beckett bridge looks just like the Puente de la Mujer bridge in Buenos Aires!

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  14. I was in Dublin a few years back was surprised as well. It almost felt like the city is in the middle of big transition while also holding onto the past.

    Great photos – thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  15. Been to Belfast, but looking forward to seeing Dublin some day… thanks for the photographic tour. 🙂

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  16. I lived in london for four years and never got to Dublin. More fool me!. I love the Dublin you found. And your photographs. And the colours! Thank you. ceciia

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  17. Wonderful!!! I’m headed there to visit family in Dublin in September! Can’t wait to see it again!!! 🙂

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    • Hey there 🙂 I’m so glad to be reading all your comments and the pictures indeed are beautiful. I’ll be going there in mid September for a month, to visit my bf, and I’d like to get in touch with you if you’re there during this period of time.

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  18. You’ve made me more excited for my trip there next month. Thanks!

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  19. Beautiful photos Steph. Hugs to you.
    sandi

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  20. Alessandro Paiva

    Nice!

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  21. Beautiful pics and thanks for sharing. Ireland is on my Travel To Do List. Congrats on being FP!

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  22. Beautiful photos! Interesting city!

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  23. Great post! Pics are brilliant! I used to live in Dublin years ago and I always miss that city. Great people, funny nites and wonderful country
    Paco León

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  24. Your pictures are great, lots more to see too in Dublin, worth taking a trip around olden inner city Dublin like Smithfield Markets, Liberties, Phoenix Park area, Grand Canal Dock. Pretty cool.

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  25. Great photos. Dublin looks a lot more colorful than where I live. I’d love to go there one day!

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  26. I’ve always dreamt of going to visit Ireland! ♥ wonderful pics thanks for sharing!

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  27. Been to Dublin a few times to visit friends and your photos show another perspective on the city from what I saw, though I mainly saw the inside of bars! Great photos, cool city

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  28. I love Dublin and I love your pictures

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  29. Some fantastic images you have here..great post..Eliza Keating

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  30. The Dublin pic caught my eye…lots o’ family there …so I had a look and I thought your photos were so wonderful! And then I looked at the other countries/places and they just made me want to dust off the passport………..!

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  31. Great to see Dublin – I was there briefly in 2005, the last day of a 10 day tour of Ireland, and didn’t get to see much. Someday I’ll be posting my Ireland pics, even though they’re now 6 years old. After all, these things take time. Congratulations on being FP’d!

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  32. GREAT pictures. I was in Dublin twice this year for the first time, for work. I’d go back in a heartbeat. Thanks for posting this wonderful view of one of the world’s great cities.

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  33. Yum. I love Dublin! Now I’ve got wanderlust and will require some fish ‘n chips, stat.

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  34. I like the third picture with the boy the best. It looks like a great place to be! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  35. Hey! You took some really cool photos! I like your blog and I’m about to embark on an Honours Degree in Landscape Architecture here in Dublin, in my ‘old age’, so I’m going to keep an eye on your posts… Cheers!

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  36. Very beautiful pictures of Dublin. Have you been to other parts of Ireland? Anyway, keep it up.

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  37. Dublin is on my list to visit! You really captured some great moments in your photos.

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  38. You have struck a chord with me, here. I would love to go and visit Dublin someday. For now, your pictures speak thousands of words.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

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  39. I and my sister – another WordPress blogger – went to Ireland on March 17, 2009, and we yearn to visit our “homeland” again (my mom’s 100% Irish!!). It was wonderful taking a glance at the beautiful photos of Dublin and some of Ireland’s most beautiful and telling sites! Thank you!

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  40. Great pics of my homeland. Congrats on FP

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  41. One of the photos of that post of mine http://wp.me/p1bFL4-6 its also from Dublin, it’s a great city to walk along and take pictures!

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  42. Lovely photos! I love Dublin, and your post made me think that I must get back there.

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  43. I really loved this very much. The last supper table murel was fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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  44. These are lovely. I moved to Dublin for a couple of years when I was 20, and these really bring back memories for me.

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  45. l really like them..thanx for sharing

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  46. Beautiful post, I went to Dublin for the first time recently and thought it was just fantastic.

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  47. Hi! It was really refreshing going through this post. Loved the images. I had a great time when I visited Ireland some time ago.

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  48. I stumbled upon your blog via freshly pressed and was so happy to see this post! I lived in Dublin for seven years before moving to France a year ago and have to say, your post made me feel homesick for the first time in ages! Loved the photos and loved recognizing where they were taken 🙂

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  49. Dublin is an amzing city and the people are warm and hospitable. Go visit. Every little helps with their financial woes.

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  50. You’ve got everything except the damn rain.

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  51. i wanna see it myself!!! great place!

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  52. Beautiful. Dublin appears to be as I imagine. Thankyou.

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  53. Great photos! Thanks for sharing and for giving your readers a taste of Dublin.

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  54. Great review of my home city. I recently did a photowalk of the city myself and tried to figure out what it meant to me – http://shanewozere.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/dublin-photowalkpt2/

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    • Thanks, Shane. Makes me happy to hear that from a Dubliner!. I checked your blog. I like your approach, and the less visible (at least to tourists) city stuff that you cover, with a little humour injected. Good stuff.

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  55. It’s pleasant to walk along a street full of Georgian buildings, but as a Dubliner, I don’t get the fascination with the Georgian doors at all. I’d love to know what it is about them that enchants people?
    Howth is gorgeous- love Howth.

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  56. Love your blog, Steph! I had such a fab time with you in Hamburg — can’t wait to see you again in some far-off land — hadn’t had such fun in ages!!! Hope you’re enjoying the rest of your trip…looking forward to catching up when you get back home. Tschüss!

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  57. nice pic 🙂
    I love the sea in Dublin ،it’s awesome

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  58. A little known fact: “happy hour” is now illegal here.

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  59. Studied abroad in Dublin in spring 2010 myself. I’m glad your enjoying Dublin!!! It’s something that you can never get enough of! You keep having fun!

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  60. wish i could visit Dublin too

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  61. Fantastic! You really captured Dublin. Love it.

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  62. Beauty in simplicity what a simple looking city yet so lovely looking. Thanks for sharing those pictures, they were great!

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  63. Hello! I happen to stumble across your blog via freshly press. Absolutely wonderful story told with the photos. I hope you get the chance to visit other cities. — Best of luck on your travels!

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  64. amazingopipsblog

    Dublin is a very nice country to live in. How I wish someday that i will be given the chance to get there

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  65. Bhushan Shirgaonkar

    The photos of Dublin are very cool.

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  66. great photos, would love to go there! COngrats on being freshly pressed.

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  67. So much differences from the places i lived……Thank you for sharing….I am thinking of going to Dublin next vecation….
    貌似很安逸,很平和。跟我生活的地方如此不同,非常的生动有趣。感谢分享,我萌发了想去都柏林看一看的念头。

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  68. Very creative City

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  69. Beautiful pictures. A nice place to travel to.

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  70. I used to live in Ireland back in 1980, 81 and 82. I have been to Dublin several times. I remember walking down Eccles Street and James Joyce, “Dubliners” (the best collection of short stories I have ever read) and “Ulysses” came to mind. I thought Trinity College was a beautiful place.

    I have traveled all over Ireland. I worked on farms in Counties Carlow, Kildare and Kerry.

    “May 1981: Northern Ireland and Bob Jamieson of NBC News”

    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/search/label/Ireland

    “Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America by James Webb”

    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/search/label/James%20Webb

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  71. Great photographs here. As a lover of the outdoors myself, I’d love to do some backpacking there. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. Your pictures are very beautiful, have a wonderful trip in Dublin!
    If you have more time, make sure you visit the Dingle peninsula, it’s the most beautiful place I visited when I was in Ireland 6 years ago.

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  73. I love this city, such character

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  74. Thanks for sharing. I hope to visit Ireland someday!

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  75. It really has changed a lot over the last 15 years. You captured it well

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  76. great photographs, I love Dublin such a nice city!

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  77. great photos and interesting info on dublin!

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  78. You’ve captured Dublin perfectly. Fantastic photographs.

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  79. Fantastic shots, thank for sharing. Id love to visit Ireland, incredibly Dublin

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  80. I loved Ireland when we went toured dublin but never went to that white suspension bridge, Saw it in the tour guide never got around. Check out some of my irish tshirts the site is absolute tshirts. com

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  81. I love all of your pictures! Awesome! I wanna visit other countries and snap many good pictures, but Still I have no chance yet. Hope I could visit and snap beauty pictures like you 🙂

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  82. hey im new to this ole blogging, im from ireland, my god u conveyed such charisma colour and life of dublin city, while reading the piece, i actually forgot about the problems we are having here

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  83. very peacfull and amazing place.. I deramed of visting it…soon I hope so…. nice post overhere dear… keep it up ,,,you are star ^_^

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  84. Great photos and observations! I like the “Dublin Happy Hour” photo with the three gents, a barrel and a beer. It seems modern, but still rustic.

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  85. Beautiful Dublin. But the people in the photos were even more interesting to look at. great photos.

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  87. I absolutely love Dublin. I`ve been twice and need to go again! Great blog, fab photos!

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  88. Fantastic pictures, I was in Howth yesterday to celebrate my auntie and uncles 50th wedding anniversary and it is definitely a place worth visiting!!

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  89. a very nice city.

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  90. I’m going to keep an eye on your posts… Cheers!
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  91. I living in DUBLIN as well. LOVE here so much.

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  92. brilliant feature and so true of everything you have mentioned, I too have have a feature of dublin on my blog although mine is set up in a page sub pages upon the days and what we did as this is easier for me to blog. I love the photographs!

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  93. I used to live here, and it’s lovely to see some recent photos! Thanks for posting!

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  94. Very interesting blog!and congrats!

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  95. Amazing post, gave me insight into the city of Dublin, that pink and blue door photo is an eye-opening piece of photography! I am a techno blogger, and please drop me a line about my blog, http://www.thetechnogeeks.wordpress.com

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  96. Great photos! I’ve always wanted to visit Dublin… thanks for taking us all along for the ride. 🙂

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  97. Dublin certainly has a lot of character, doesn’t it?

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  98. I love Dublin, specially the famous doors…

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  99. I could take my Eyes off those colorful doors. Simply beautiful pictures. Thank You very much for this virtual Tour to Dublin. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed !
    ~ Vaishnavi Jariwala
    For, JIVRAJ TEA LTD.
    http://WWW.J9TEA.COM
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