March 2008

DDP 31.03.08

The sun finally came out in Dublin this morning, so really, it had to feature on DDP! This is a part of town that not many of the guidebooks will point you towards – the IFSC, which is the Irish Financial Services Centre. Think La Defènse in Paris or the City in London – this really is as close to skyscrapers as you get in Dublin and it has more financial institutions per square kilometre than any other part of the city.

It’s also right in the heart of the old docks, and some relics of the past are still visible. Here at George’s Dock is an old winch from the days the ships used to come this far in to offload imports.

You’ll get to see more of the Docklands as time goes on. The area has seen massive redevelopment and it will only continue in the years to come. The new Point, the U2 tower are all in the process of being built.


DDP 30.03.08

It was another wet, wet, wet Saturday yesterday. The weatherman always calls this ‘squally showers’. It’s the type where if you’re caught it’s time to run for shelter. After being caught in the rain once yesterday, I decided to shelter under the nearest tree in St. Stephen’s Green. It was nice and tall. Very helpful. Not everyone had the same idea. The photo shows two women trying to cover themselves and their small boys from the rain.

All I thought about was the poor kids…

DDP 28.03.08

Well, I really couldn’t begin this blog with something atypical to do with Dublin, so here’s one that maybe 70% of tourists have!! I really like this photo because you get three landmarks for the price of one. The Custom House, that rare thing called a skyscraper in Dublin known as Liberty Hall and the Spire. To be fair, they are probably three structures that will feature from time to time on this blog. That’s no bad thing. Although Liberty Hall is a real eyesore, the Spire has been pretty controversial, despite being relatively young. It’s a giant nail, but I love it. Maybe one day it’ll become as photographed as the Eiffel Tower?!?

I hope that whether you’re a real Dub (born between the Canals) or a tourist simply wishing to visit the city at some stage, you find something interesting and entertaining! And enjoy!