We booked a couple of nights in the Gresham Hotel on O Connell Street, Dublin's main street and one that holds fond memories of walking with my Dad on visits to Dublin as a child.
The Church Restaurant, probably because it used to be a church. Hot tip - book a seat in the Gallery... this was the view from our table. I took this photo without even standing up!
It was fabulous. The setting, the food, the company, all top notch. As a bonus there was Irish traditional music while we ate. When Irish dancers appeared and proceeded to dance a treble jig, I got goose bumps as I always do when watching that kind of hard-shoe Irish dancing.
The following day we headed to the much acclaimed Glasnevin Cemetery tour. It's back to that whole fascination with the dead thing!
We took a cab as hailstones pelted down on us. The driver was great craic, keeping us entertained with stories. I asked him if they were still burying people at Glasnevin Cemetery (as in, is it still a working graveyard.)
Without missing a beat he replied, "If they're dead, yes!"
The hailstones stopped as the taxi pulled up at the graveyard and the sun shone for most of our tour. That's the Irish weather for you - especially in April!
The first item on the tour was Daniel O Connell's tomb.
We visited the graves of Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan where someone asked (tongue in cheek) "Is that where Julia Roberts is buried?" We all laughed, knowing that they referred to the movie Michael Collins starring Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts. It's nice to think these Irish heroes are remembered and associated with such glamor!
Afterwards we stopped by the Ambassador Event Center to have a look at their exhibition commemorating the 1916 Rising, the ill fated rebellion that seemed to have been a failure, especially when the British executed the leaders soon after, yet it was undoubtedly the turning point for gaining independence for the Irish people
Kilmainham Gaol ("jail" in American English) where they were sentenced to death. Kilmainham Gaol is actually now a tourist destination - one we still have on our list. It was booked out when we wanted to go, but the Ambassador had a mock up of the jail.