The Irish Gathering 2013

the gathering ireland 2013Back in mid-June of 2013, I visited Dublin (and Ireland) for the first time. One of the funny things was that we found this sign (and campaign), that wanted people to come to Ireland for the Gathering 2013. As far as I understand, the Gathering was an invitation to the Irish diaspora to return for a visit to Ireland during the year, but there was hope that it would bring other tourists as well.

The Music of the Irish

irish pub

I apologize for the picture quality, as it was inside, and I didn’t was to disturb anyone with a flash, the quality is not the best. This picture was taken in mid June 2013, in a proper Irish pub in Dublin. As we were sitting there, some guys moved two couches, a few chairs and a box together, sat down, and started to play music together. Absolutely brilliant.

 

Looking down O’Connell Street in Dublin

Street dublin

This picture was taken right by the Spire, looking down the O’Connell Street Lower, in early June 2013. The O’Connell Street is an extremely wide street (at least from Norwegian standards), and got its name in 1924 in honor of Daniel O’Connell.

O’Connell was, according to the Wikipedia article about the street, “a nationalist leader of the early 19th century, whose statue stands at the lower end of the street, facing O’Connell Bridge.” The street was much older, but has been renamed at least once before it got its latest name.

The street starts on Parnell Street and ends down by the O’Connell Bridge, that crosses the river Liffey. The part of the street before the Spire, is known on Google Maps as O’Connell Street Upper, and the part from the Spire and down towards the river is known as O’Connell Street Lower.

The Sims in Dublin?

the spire? sim dublin

Outside the Busáras at Store Street and one of the Police Stations in Dublin, you can find a statue that looked a bit strange. We didn’t really find out why it was here, or what it was supposed to portray, but it looks a lot like the shape above a sims head when you’re playing the Sims. The picture was taken in early June of 2013. If you know the name of it or the story, I’d love to hear more about it.

Liffey

Padling på LiffeyIn June 2013, I spent a few days in Dublin with some of my family, and this picture was taken from that stay.

The river running through Dublin is called Liffey, which according to the Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, means Life in Irish. The river runs about 32 km, and in Dublin there are several bridges crossing it.

How to sell crime novels?

Fresh kills in Dublin This picture is from Dublin in June of 2013. As far as I can tell, it’s from the bookshop Hodges Figgis. The bookshop is close to Trinity College, and had a wide range of books. Hodges Figgis have a Facebook-page here, and the bookshop is apparently Irelands oldest bookshop, founded in 1768.

Hodges Figgis (according to Google Maps)

56-58 Dawson St
Dublin 2
Ireland

The Signs of Dublin

Dublin skilt

In early June of last year, I spent a few days in Dublin. And while I really liked Dublin, some of the signs could be a bit weird. (But also helpful!)

Although I love the fact that the signs are in both english and irish, not all translations felt that helpful. The bottom-right part of the sign says Old Jameson Distillery in both languages. The bottom-left says IFSC in both languages, which according to google is International Financial Service Center (which wouldn’t have fit on the sign).

The top-left says Busáras in both languages, and although I (sadly) do not speak irish, I understood that since we stayed close to the central bus station in Dublin (as it turned out to be).