Dublin is situated near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast. In Irish, the name means "black pool." It is a city for taking walks because of its size. Though Dublin doesn't have impressive grandeur, it is quite idiosyncratic.
River Liffey flows through Dublin.
Statues of celebrities or legendary figures can be found everywhere in the city. This is the fictional character Molly Malone, w beautiful fishmonger on the streets of Dublin. She died young of a fever. Her theme song has become the unofficial anthem of Dublin.
Cigar shop. It is right like this city. If Dublin were a person, I would think of him as not someone who shines on the outside, but he definitely had his take on life.
I was surprised to see the pay phone used in an era of smartphones!
Dublin is a city of literature. Many Nobel laureates come from Ireland. Also, there are also influential writers in English literature such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde etc. Joyce's renowned works Ulysses and Dubliners are both based on the city and its people. Though Joyce emigrated to other European cities in his early twenties, his writing always revolved around Dublin. He once said, "Because if I can get to the heart of Dublin, I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world."
Take an ordinary bar on the street for example. I found a poem printed on the glass window. I made several attempts to read Joyce's works and eventually gave up. However, I was still influenced by the literary atmosphere of the city and bought a collection of Wilde's short stories.
Brewing and distilling is one of Ireland's traditional industries. The bars look more colorful than the British ones.
We believed that we could find really local food in bars.
Guinness beef stew with mashed potatoes.
In order to make Dublin a Protestant City, Queen Elizabeth I of England established Trinity College in 1592 as a solely protestant university.
It was wonderful to walk on campus of a university! I've always wondered if my feeling detached in London has much to do with the school I go to. UAL doesn't have any campus. Every school has only a building to itself. People I know all study art, and most artists live in their own worlds.
We were here to take a look at Book of Kells. It is the oldest illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, created by Celtic monks in the 8th century. It is also a masterwork of western calligraphy and Insular illumination.
Dublin Castle was built in 1204 as a major defensive work.
However, since the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the castle has been used a major Irish government complex. This is the castle garden.