Ireland 2019: Our Dublin Sightseeing Tour, Part Two

As mentioned at the end of my last post, my wife, two daughters and three granddaughters hopped off the bus to visit the two cathedrals of Christ Church and St Patrick’s while my two sons-in-law, my grandson and I stayed onboard to continue the tour until we got to the Guinness Storehouse where we would hop off to visit. The plan was for the ladies to catch up with us outside the Storehouse and all ten of us would continue on the tour to O’Connell Street.

Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest building in Dublin. It was built in 1028.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

Another view of Christ Church. The official name of the church is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

Still another view of Christ Church.

The Catholic Church still claims that Christ Church is the Catholic archbishop of Dublin’s cathedral even though King Henry VIII kicked them out nearly 500 years ago. So the Catholic archbishop uses St Mary’s Church on Marlborough Street as its pro-cathedral, meaning “acting.”  But that’s not the most confusing thing about Dublin’s cathedrals. There’s another church just down the street from Christ Church that is also a Church of Ireland cathedral — two cathedrals of the same church within a couple blocks of each other!

St Patrick’s Cathedral.

St Patrick’s was founded in 1191. It is the largest church in Ireland and its tower is the tallest. St Patrick’s has no archbishop. The archbishop of the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough has his seat in Christ Church. St Patrick’s is the national Church of Ireland cathedral. Its boss is the dean. The most famous dean of St Patrick’s was Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels.

Anther view of St Patrick’s.

Statue of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, Baronet LLD, Member of Parliament.

Sir Benjamin (1798-1868) was the grandson of Sir Arthur, the founder of Guinness Brewery in 1759. At the death of his father, Arthur II, Benjamin became the richest man in Ireland. He restored St Patrick’s in the 1860s with 150,000 pounds of his own money. He was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1851 and served in Parliament from 1865 until his death. He was originally a member of the Liberal party but switched to the Conservatives after the Liberals proposed a higher tax on beer.

Newmarket Square. Nobody got off. I wonder why. Oh wait, that’s not our bus stop.

Teeling Distillery (established in 2015) on Newmarket Street.

The Teeling Distillery is the first new distillery in Dublin in 125 years. An ancestor of the present owners founded the original Teeling Distillery in 1782. At one time there were 37 distilleries operating in Dublin.

The Guinness Storehouse is the number one tourist attraction in Dublin.

We hopped off here and spent a couple of hours touring all seven levels of the Storehouse. My next posting will be devoted to those couple of hours. We exited the Storehouse after those couple of hours and…

…the girls were waiting for us.

My wife and our favorite grandson.

We then hopped on the next bus and continued our tour to O’Connell Street.

The Masonry, Thomas Street, The Liberties district. The street was named after the abbey of Thomas a Beckett.

Dublin’s district called The Liberties is noted for all of its distilleries and breweries and includes the Guinness Brewery and the Guinness Storehouse. Christ Church and St Patrick’s cathedrals are both across the street from the eastern border of The Liberties.

The Masonry is an old warehouse that was renovated and is now a modern office building.

Thomas a Beckett was the archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered in 1170 on orders by King Henry II. In 1173 Thomas was canonized a saint and in 1177 Henry founded an Augustinian abbey in Dublin as a form of restitution for his evil deed. The abbey was dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1539 and there is not a single trace left today.

Roe and Co, distillery, James’s Street.

St James Church (Catholic) on James’s Street.  Pilgrimages to the Camino de Santiago in Spain started here in the 13th century.

St James Gate was the western entrance t0 the walled city of Dublin in medieval times.  It was named after this church. Pilgrims to Camino de Santiago got their passports stamped at either the church or the nearby St James Gate brewery brewery and then sailed to Spain. The gate was demolished in 1734. 25 years later in 1759 Arthur Guinness took over the St James Gate Brewery and soon added his surname to his brewery.

Pearce Lyons Distillery, James’s Street – housed in old St James Church (C of I) which closed in 1963.

Wellington monument in Phoenix Park.

Kilmainham Gaol.

Dublin’s county jail opened in 1796 and closed in 1924. It is now a museum.

Another view of Kilmainham Gaol.

Many of Ireland’s nationalist heroes, including the leaders of the 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 rebellions spent some time in Kilmainham. Sixteen of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Uprising were executed by the British government. Fourteen of them were shot by firing squads at Kilmainham between May 3rd and May 12th, 1916. Dublin’s three major railway stations are named after four of them: James Connolly, Sean Heuston and the brothers Patrick and William Pearse.

Wellington monument and railroad tracks near Heuston Station — Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington, was born in Dublin. He hated the uncouth Catholic Irish and the feelings were pretty mutual.

The Brunel Building (third from left) in Heuston Square near Heuston Station.

Dr Stevens Hospital near Heuston Station.

Sean Heuston Bridge (1821) across the Liffey.

The rest of our tour was back on the north side of the River Liffey.

The Criminal Courts of Justice.

The Wellington monument is the tallest obelisk in Europe (62 meters – 203 feet). It’s officially called the Wellington Testimonial since it was built while Wellington was still alive.

Phoenix Park 2019.

Phoenix park was a private hunting park in the 17th century. In the 18th century it became a public park. It still contains a large herd of deer. The park received an international large urban parks gold award in 2018.

Did you know that the museum admission is free?

The National Museum of Ireland — decorative arts and history.

St Paul’s church, Arran Quay.

Father Mathew Bridge. That’s  O’Shea’s Merchant Pub on Merchant Quay across the Liffey.

Dublin City Council building.

Buildings south of Liffey.

Hotel Clarence (the tallest building) on Wellington Quay

Ha’penny Bridge. The Temple Bar district starts on the south side.

Approaching O’Connell Bridge.

The Arlington Hotel on Bachelors Walk near the O’Connell Bridge..

Abbey Court on Bachelors Walk is primarily a hostel and apartment building.

We then drove up O’Connell Street and around Parnell Square and then back down O’Connell Street. We decided to end our tour half-way down O’Connell Street and so we hopped off near North Earl Street and did some shopping and dining on Talbot Street before walking home. See my post on O’Connell Street here for the photos I took on O’Connell, North Earl and Talbot Streets.

My next post will cover our visit to the Guinness Storehouse during the middle of our sightseeing tour.

Irish Music Bonus —  I Wish I Had Someone to Love Me — Imelda May and the Dubliners.

On Christmas Night, 2012 the Dubliners performed for the last time. Imelda May, Irish singer, songwriter and musician, joined them that night and sang Barney McKenna’s favorite song in a tribute to him. If you missed it, go back to my post on Our Dublin Sightseeing Tour, Part One to hear Barney sing this song.




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9 Responses to Ireland 2019: Our Dublin Sightseeing Tour, Part Two

  1. disperser says:

    We can’t have higher taxes on beer, can we? Of course not!

    So much history of conflict. And so many churches. The place certainly looks nice and peaceful now, but I wonder.

    • There will be much more on beer in my next post on our tour of the Guinness Storehouse. It might take a couple of days to process the photos, though, because I am having some trouble with the noise from the high ISO I needed in the dark rooms. I might have to find some other software than just Lightroom.

      Ireland has been rather peaceful since the country separated from the UK in the 1920s and then went through a horrible civil war. But Northern Ireland is still in the UK and The Troubles that started in the 1960s lasted for almost 40 years. Now BREXIT has brought another problem: what to do with the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

    • disperser says:

      On the noise issue, Nik Tools DeFine works pretty well both in Automatic and Manual modes. Hopefully, you got a copy of the free versions before DxO bought them.

      Topaz Labs DeNoise AI is pretty good but not at the Pixel level if the original is very noisy, but then very noisy photos shouldn’t be expected to be rendered perfect.

      As for Ireland, I feel there are still underlying tensions and long memories on both sides of the Trouble. Honestly, it reminds me of conditions in various parts of the world (the Middle East, what used to be Yugoslavia, and other places) where people kind of move on, but old wounds never really heal. I suppose that’s the way some humans will always be, although I have a hard time understanding it.

      I also assume a majority would like to, you know, just live and enjoy life. And, I assume there are hard-core minorities on both sides unhappy with their respective lots.

      One fear I have in times of economic and social difficulties is that it’s often an opportune time for the extremists to stir up trouble (i.e. get violent).

      I hope I’m wrong.

      • I noticed today that DxO has a 30 day free trail program. So I downloaded the entire package (it took two hours to install!) and will take my next ten photos and process them separately in Lightroom with Nik Tools and Lightroom only. Yes, I did have the old free versions but haven’t been using them for quite some time. The new versions replaced the old ones which are now in never never land. I will let you know the results of my test.

      • disperser says:

        DxO has its own noise reduction algorithm separate from DeFine (although they might share some technology). The one in Photo Lab (the DxO package) is more subtle and work best with RAW files. The best results are with the PRIME option. Also, I’ve noticed a discrepancy between the preview and the output unless you preview in full zoom (1:1)

        DeFine works on its own or in conjunction with DxO. My general process is to call out DeFine from Lightroom CC. I use DxO when I need/want to salvage a shot.

        Note also that the way they treat the colorspace differs between packages. If you export from DxO to Lightroom, there is a subtle change in colors and you might want to play around with that a bit and compensate in DxO before you export. It has to do with how they differe in reading the NEF file.

        As long as you’re trying packages, you could try Topaz DeNoise AI (free trial).

        I hope you still have the Nik Tools free version installer somewhere so you can reinstall it if you decide not to buy the version by DxO. I’m also pretty sure you don’t need to buy DxO Photo Lab to run the Nik Tools; you used to be able to just buy the Nik Package.

        Good luck.

  2. mvschulze says:

    The visual conditions of these many impressive churches, and the breweries for that matter, belie their ages,
    The first one pictured, apparently, will be1000 years old in 8 years. WOW!
    You and your family have remarkable stamina. M 🙂

    • Thanks, MV. Four more days to go before we flew back to California. Now that we’re all sheltering in place I’m finally finding the time to complete my posts on our travels last year!

  3. oh I know it all so well!!! Wonderful as always. You and your family stay safe Crow “Rath Dé ort.”

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