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  • Day7

    Kilmainham Gaol

    October 22, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    So after going to my cousins house last night, and sleeping amazingly well, I had an almost luxurious and highly relaxing morning. I was able to do laundry, thank goodness, have breakfast, and I even got in some reading. Now, I've been told by at least four people that I need to see Kilmainham Gaol, the historic jail in Dublin. It's so popular you actually have to book ahead, and I was fortunate enough to get a tour at 1:30, the earliest available. This is supposed to be one of the most interesting and informative places in Dublin, at least according to those telling me to visit. Even those who live locally come for the tours. Now this place is almost all the way on the other side of Dublin from my cousins house, so I figured, instead of crunching time by taking a bus I'll hop in a taxi, so I had to download the app (like a local) and make my way over with time to spare. Every taxi driver I've had while here has been extremely friendly, even pointing out landmarks along the way.

    Here are some of the things I learned while on the tour: Kilmainham is over 200 years old, and was an active jail from 1796 to 1924. While open there was no separation between types of prisoners, or between men women and children, many including political prisoners. The west wing is the oldest section of the jail, each room intending to hold one one person, but when it was most crowded rooms would have up to five. Gas lines were added to the west wing in late 1840's, and were first added in the infirmary in 1845. Kilmainham suffered severe overcrowding, partially due to the vagrancy act of 1847. Some of the youngest who were imprisoned were as young as five years old. Only the condemned man's cell housed one occupant at a time. The victorian wing opened in 1862 and overcrowding became less of a problem. The panopticon design was meant to let in light, said to be cleansing, as well as so they could all be watched at the same time. There even used to be carpet along the floor so prisoners couldn't hear the guards coming to check on them. After walking through the jail we were lead to the exercise yard. Early on in the history it was fairly easy to escape due to lack of security, or guards could be bribed; in fact, in 1921 three men were able to escape with the help of two guards and smuggled bolt cutters. The last place we saw during the tour was the stonebreakers yard, which is not visible from any windows from the jail, and that's perhaps why it was the chosen location for 14 executions after the Easter uprising. This was an amazing, highly informative, and incredibly somber tour.
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  • Day9

    Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery

    July 6 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We find this distillery fairly close to the accommodation, and the fact it was inside an old church intrigued us. We get a video history of the church, before getting a tour of the church yard, church and finally a tasting.

    St. James’ Church dates back to the 12th century. The present church was constructed in 1859–1860 in a Gothic design with a cross shape, a tower and a spire at the southwest corner. In 1948, the top 30 feet of the church spire was removed due to structural problems, after it was hit by lightening. The church was deconsecrated and used for several things, but fell into disrepair.

    Finally in 2013, Pearse Lyons an Irish entrepreneur and his wife Diedre, who had been running a bourbon distillery in Kentucky, returned to Dublin to renovate the church into a whiskey distillery. They replaced the missing spire with a glass one that lights up at night, and opened their doors in 2017. The brought two small batch copper stools with them from Kentucky. They have been christened Mighty Molly and Little Lizzie in honour of the Lyons family’s distant relatives.

    We get a tasting of three of their whiskeys, as well as a gin produced for them.
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  • Day12


    September 10, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Ich bin mit Nadège ein Wenig durch unser Stadtviertel gelaufen und wir sind zufällig am tibetischen, buddhistischen Zentrum vorbei gekommen, das auf meiner Ausflugsliste steht.
    Jetzt weiß ich schon Mal, wo es ist.
    Dann sind wir zu Kilmainham einem großen ehemaligen Gefängnis gekommen. Nadège wollte unbedingt rein. Ich war zu unmotiviert und zu müde. Also hab ich vor Kilmainham gewartet, hab die Menschen beobachtet und Hunde gezählt😂 die keinen Hunde hier sind soooooo schnuckelich. Katzen hab ich dafür noch gar keine gesehen. Ich will eine Kitty zum Streicheln 😑
    Die ersten drei Bilder zeigen Kilmainham von außen. Das letzte ist ein Tor auf der anderen Straßenseite. Ein Eingang von einem Park und irgendwas noch 😂
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  • Day3

    Getting to know Dublin a little more...

    July 3, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Today we spent the first part of the day going around the hop on hop off bus and exploring more of Dublin. We walked about 8 miles today in between stuff - as Nived explained to Anay, that is more than the distance between our house and Nimmi Aunty's place!

    Highlights included seeing the Guinness storehouse, Jameson distillery, St Patrick's cathedral, Trinity College, Phoenix Park and much more! Phoenix Park is supposed to the largest green beltway in Europe and houses the Dublin Zoo which is where we spent the other half of the day. We ended the day with a "Dublin by night" tour which was very funny and highly entertaining. Oh and of course another gelato!Read more

  • Day4

    Kilmainham Gaol & St Patrick's Cathedral

    July 4, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Ramya & the boys got up to a late start barely making it to breakfast before it closed - just another typical vacation morning.😴

    Today's itinerary includes a visit to St Patrick's Cathedral and Kilmainham Gail with some time for playtime at Merrion Sq and dinner.

    St Patrick's was built between 1191 and 1270 & is the largest church in Ireland. However, it is not the seat of a bishop, as the Archbishop of Dublin has his seat in Christ Church Cathedral. Since 1870, the Church of Ireland has designated St Patrick's as the national cathedral for the whole of Ireland, drawing chapter members from each of the twelve dioceses of the Church of Ireland.

    Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British.
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  • Day2

    Kilmainham Gaol

    August 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After the GPO we use our 48 hour ticket for the bus to get to the former prison Kilmainham Gaol. It was built in 1798. the intention was to put one prinsoner into one cell. This would avoid the very bad conditions by that time. But after some time, they had to fill up the cells with up to 5 prisoners, with a peak of 9000 prisoners during the famine. By that time, people were committing crimes on purpose in order to get into the prison as the conditions inside were much better than outside. During the whole period, there were lots of political prionners especially 14 of the 16 from the rising, who were also executed here. Others, until the mid 1800s were put here to wait for the ship for Australia. Nowadays, the prisons is a major tourist attraction and also used as location for movies.Read more

  • Day3

    Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery

    March 14 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Die wohl ungewöhnlichste Whiskey Destillerie in Dublin, die Pearse Lyons Distillery in der ehemaligen St. James Kirche in den Liberties, wurde erst Ende 2017 eröffnet. Der Großvater des Milliardärs Pearse Lyons war unter den letzten, die 1948 auf dem Friedhof beerdigt wurden, bevor die Kirche säkularisiert wurde. Seit 2014 hatte man an der Destillerie gearbeitet und auch durch Auflagen für den Denkmalschutz haben sich die Kosten insgesamt auf 20 Millionen Euro addiert. Moderne Buntglasfenster mit Motiven aus der Geschichte der Lyons und des Whiskybrennens, die in verschiedenen Farben beleuchtete gläserne Spitze der Kirche "The Liberties Lantern" und eine wirklich interessante Führung - diese Destillerie war auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert und zählt mit zu den top Spots in Dublin!Read more

  • Day12


    September 10, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Irland ist momentan eindeutig auf meiner Liste, der Länder, in die ich vielleicht auswandern werden.
    Die Iren sind sehr nett, lustig. Lebensfroh. Die Lebensmittel sind Recht günstig. Ich denke ich habe auch gute Chancen dass meine Ausbildung hier anerkannt wird
    Dublin ist schön und man hat nicht das Gefühl, im der größten Stadt Irlands zu leben.
    Trotzdem ist es einfach überall hin zu kommen, vieles ist zu Fuß zu erreichen. Bustickets sind günstig und wie in einer Großstadt bekommt man alles was man will und man kann viel machen zugegeben man muss schon mi dem Bus in die City fahren. Aber hey ich fahre eine dreiviertel Stunde in eine Stadt wo man nicht so kompakt alles bekommt, was man will.
    Die Menschen hier laufen auch viel offener herum. Wenn man sie anschaut, Lächeln sie einen an und manche sagen Hay.
    Oder wenn sie einen nicht anlächeln schauen sie einen freundlich an und nicht so, als würden sie einen gleich fressen wollen.
    Und die Iren sind im Straßenverkehr ziemlich geduldig, sie Regen sich nicht über langsame Autos auf oder wenn ein Bus mitten im Weg steht und eine Weile braucht.
    Die Iren sind gemütlich, auch die Müllabfuhr macht gediegen, chillig und langsam iheen Job.sie stehen mitten auf der Straße und arbeiten langsam. Und OMG da sind Autos hinter ihnen und die WARTEN einfach oO ohne sich auf zu regen, ohne zu hupen oder ungeduldig zu werden.
    Das ist wirklich faszinierend. Auch wenn die Iren meistens schneller laufen wie ich, wirken sie selten, als hätten sie es eilig. Sie haben Zeit. Und die Leute in Restaurants, Bars und an den Bedienungstheken nehmen sich Zeit für einen. Sie erklären einem Dinge, helfen alten Menschen die Sachen ein zu packen und beantworten Fragen nicht nur knapp.
    Als ich im Eurospar gefragt habe, wo ich eine Sim Karte bekomme, kam erst Mal "which one?" Dann hab ich gesagt, für mobiles Internet. Dann hab ich erklärt bekommen, dass ich dafür in die Stadt müsste. Das is schon mehr, als man zum Teil in Deutschland als Antwort bekommen hatte. Er hat mir dann noch erklärt, welchen Bus ich nehmen muss, hat mir aus dem Fenster gezeigt, zu welcher Haltestelle ich muss und an welcher Haltestelle ich in der Stadt aussteigen muss und dass ich es da dann im Einkaufszentrum bekomme.
    Cool oder? Und die sind alle so nett. Natürlich gibt es Ausnahmen aber mir sind noch keine begegnet 😁
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  • Day12

    Hunde in Dublin

    September 10, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Dafür, dass Dublin eine Großstadt ist, gibt es hier unglaublich viele Hunde. Hauptsächlich kleine Hunde, was aber auch an der Größe der Häuser liegen kann. Die wirken auch alle sehr klein.
    Ich hab in knapp 10 min 7 Hunde gezählt.
    In Deutschland muss man gar nicht anfangen zu zählen oder braucht viel ZeitRead more

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