A Day in Dublin, Ireland!

Highlights from a trip to Dublin Ireland.

Every year on the 17th of March, the Leprechauns scatter their gold coins throughout my house and I boil corned beef and cabbage while listening to Irish music. This year, I’m taking a trip back in time to our trip to Dublin.

Danny and I traveled with my dad and mom and our two kids, Kelly and Courtney, in 2001. We stayed in a friend’s apartment a mile away from Dublin’s downtown.

Dublin apartment 2

While walking downtown, the Lord Mayor arrived in style at the Kerrygold Horse Show.

Downtown Dublin 4

We walked through an arched passageway

Downtown Dublin 7

and were welcomed by a harmonica player.

Man playing Irish flute in Dublin Ireland

Classical musicians played traditional Irish music.

Downtown Dublin 3

We enjoyed the combo that played super cool electric violin and bass.

Downtown Dublin 2

Ya gotta love an old-fashioned telephone booth.


We took a tour of Dublin Castle and saw a fancy-like ballroom,

Hall in Dublin Castle

a majestic hallway,

Dublin Castle 6

paintings on the walls and ceilings,

Dublin Castle 7

a stylin’ conference room,

Dublin Castle 8

and the throne, of course.

Dublin Castle 5

After a long day, there was one more tour we had to experience – The Guinness Brewery!

Guinness Tour

Erin Go Braugh!

Here are a few of my own Irish blessings. I like makin’ them up.

May you straighten out life’s learning curve, but leave a few kinks in it for luck.

May your name always be followed with a smile and not a curse.

May you laugh at yourself with others or if not at yourself than at others, and hope they can laugh at themselves with you.

May your door be open to your friends and closed to your enemies, but keep a window open just in case.

May someone catch you when you fall, pick you up when you are down, and kick you in the butt when you wallow in life’s muck.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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    1. Thanks so much Joe!
      I remember Dublin so clearly. The electric musicians looked were my favorite, but I took pictures so sparingly back then, because film! I didn’t want to carry tons of little containers everywhere. Their instruments were just metal enameled outlines. I’ve never seen them since.


    1. There are many castles to tour. This was the first day of our journey through Ireland. We drove around the southern half and looped back south of Galway. I would love to take another trip!
      Thanks Carrie!

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    1. Thanks Linda! You would love Ireland and its people. They are really friendly like Canadians! It sounds like your store carried a lot of high-end designer clothing. There’s a lot to see here in the US too. It’s a big country!


    1. Thanks! They were fun to make up…
      That was quite a trip! I loved Ireland and its wonderful people. One time, we couldn’t find a B&B. They were booked up because of a soccer game. The “innkeeper” called ahead and found one for us!


  1. I hitchhiked through parts of Ireland as a college student (years ago). Got picked up by a veterinarian and made some detours to check on sick chickens, and to help birth a lamb. It was incredible. Everyone I met in Ireland was extremely kind.


  2. Great pictures! I’m kind of ashamed to admit it seeing as I live so close, but I’ve only been to Ireland once and that was just a day trip to Dublin! Isn’t that the way though, often we don’t visit many of the places on our doorstep, but choose to go further afield instead. Although in fairness to me, I’m on the other side of England, far closer to France, and I have been there a lot!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! You’ll have to go and stay in B&Bs! I’ve been to all three countries and they’re very different. I did see some similarities to Ireland in the Cotswolds. People are very friendly there too!

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  3. Nice trip down your memory lane, Susie. I would love to tour the Guinness Brewery! Our Irish from Ireland general manager here at The Grind always has a big celebration and makes Irish coffees for the company, but my department’s been banned for years because she hates my Jewish boss’s guts. We’re just doing our own thing and eating chocolate matzoh.


    1. Nice! You will have to go someday. It’s not that far from NYC. You’ll be shocked at the friendliness of the people. They’re a lot like Midwesterners!
      Happy Saint Patty’s Day!


  4. I will be reflecting on my trip to Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day – went in September 2014 with family – I want to go back and experience MORE 🙂 Guinness was a favorite. Great Captures – thanks for sharing. May the Luck Be With You!!!


  5. Cool pics! My wife and I have been talking about going to Ireland for at least 20 years… one of these year’s we’ll make it happen. We both have “some” Irish heritage in us, as well as lots of other stuff!


    1. You would love it. Stay in B&Bs if you go. We didn’t make a plan at all before we went. I don’t know if that’s changed. Hopefully, you can still drive up and ring a doorbell!
      Thanks Steve!


    1. Wow! That is so exciting. I hope you stay in B&Bs. Some of them had castles on their property. Next time I would love to stay in one! I bet it would be haunted… OooOoooooooOOoooOOoooooooOO!
      Happy Saint Patty’s Day to you!

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  6. Wonderful photo essay, Susie. How cool to travel with your whole family and your parents! Those are clever Irish blessings. Dang, you’re good at making them up! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your family!


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