Its easy to forget that Dublin is a town on the sea. Our relationship to the wide expanse that is Dublin Bay extends slightly farther than Dublin Port on the Northside and the Pigeon House on the Southside; but for the last few years, I’ve lived between the canals and because of that, my world has consisted of Dublin’s streetscapes, neglecting what lies outside of those.
With the summer that was in it, you couldn’t exactly go exploring, but thankfully, this last week has looked something like a normal September might… This week so far though, I’ve been to Dun Laoghaire on Monday and out to Howth with the bauld JScully on Tuesday. Later this week, its the Hellfire Club for us, and hopefully a few pictures of that will come too. Above is Ireland’s Eye from the end of Howth Pier. For some reason, I always thought it was bigger…
Some… odd grafitti adorning the lighthouse at the end of the pier. Tags from all over the world, from Brazil to Korea and beyond, go right around the small structure, an interesting one to see. This village lies not ten miles away from O’Connell Bridge yet I haven’t been here since I was a toddler.
Up to the summit, off the bikes (thankfully,) and a walk down to the cliffs. Have to admit, we felt more than a bit jealous looking at the people sitting outside The Summit pub drinking pint bottles of cider, but that’s for another time. Stunning views from the cliffs.
Lambay Island in the distance. Rumoured to be home to a family of Wallabies since they were released there by Dublin Zoo in the eighties, I can find little substantial evidence pointing to the truth in this, hopefully someone can enlighten me!
Sea to the front, hills and gorse to the back. And blackberry bushes. Only fair that after the briers rip the legs of you when you walk through that they give you something back in return… This really doesn’t look or feel like Dublin.
On the way back into town, Bull Island and the Pigeon House towers. A great spot for picking cockles apparently if you can defend yourself from the armies of seagulls presumably doing the same. Anyways, that’s me for this week!