Irish Rail is definitely something to write home about! Clean, comfortable, reliable, and on time. It accesses all the major cities in Ireland.
If you’re coming to Ireland (for this year’s Gathering perhaps) all you need to do is go online to irishrail.ie to book your train tickets. You’ll pick your tickets up when you get to the station by entering your reservation number into a kiosk. The find the train platform and take your seat. There are food, restrooms, and free (but intermittent) wi-fi access on board.
Simple as pie!
We had such a lovely train ride to Cork a couple weeks back.
Kitty and Patty sorted photos, chatted…
read, and watched the landscape whiz by.
I even got some work done…
…reviewing a journal article.
It was fascinating and well written. I hope to see it in print soon.
We weren’t blessed with the best weather during Patty and Kitty’s visit to Ireland but we did manage to see quite a few sites. We even made it to the Saturday market in downtown Dublin….
Headed to the Saturday market via Liffey Street.
The vendors include cheese makers and bakeries…
…produce and spice vendors…
…butchers and prepared food vendors.
On sunny and rainy days giant umbrellas cover Meeting House Square.
There are also craft vendors… and the shops lining the street betwen Meeting House Square and Cow’s Lane are also enticing.
I always enjoying stopping into see the deskmen at the Kildare Street Hotel, where Dave and I stayed for our first week here on the Fulbright. They were amazingly helpful and they always offered great advice. They still do whenever I pop in to say, “hi!”
I took some photos the day I stopped in to leave them a Christmas gift (a calendar by Dave Chance Photography)….
Kildare Street Hotel deskmen Alec and Peter. Ever helpful and full of advice!
Kildare Street Hotel
Ireland’s Four Courts building is so photogenic. The River Liffey sparkles with its reflections at night. How I love this place!
View west toward Four Courts.
When the building was being re-built after it was damaged in a rebellion, the architect lifted the dome on top of a drum to emphasize it and make it more visible.
View toward St. Paul’s @ Smithfield.
View east toward Four Courts.
News is a very big deal here in Ireland. The tiny population of this nation (roughly 4.5 million people) supports a startling number of newspapers (17 daily papers, I’ve heard).
The television news vans often line the streets in front of the Four Courts (the nation’s highest tribunal) and the government buildings shown in the panorama below. In it, the vans are just starting to pile up… a sure sign something important is happening inside this beautiful building.
Looks like a big news day!
The Archeology gallery of the National Museum of Ireland is a chock full of fascinating treasures. The building itself is also remarkable. I’ve enjoyed visiting this place with both Esther Sterchi and Amanda Bernhard (the famous Fulbright student). Of particular interest at this museum: numerous bog bodies, “prehistoric” relics, the Viking exhibition, and the unimaginably long wooden boat that was carved from a single tree trunk (see the panorama below).
I love the design of the Museum. I wish I could see it without the skylight blocked out, though.
grand central space
I’m sitting here in my favorite Monday-night seat in Hughes Pub. I had hoped to catch up with Gavin before his trip to Portugal where he will investigate flexible spaces for teaching engineers using hands on approaches.
But alas, he’s nowhere to be found. His brother is here, though, playing whistle and uilleann pipes. I congratulated him on graduating a PhD on Saturday (in the area of energy).