A Taste of Irish History
GAELIC GETAWAY, CHAPTER 2: IN WHICH WE GET A HEAD START
Day 2: Dublin. With our physical resources pretty drained when we went to bed last night, we slept more than 11 hours, waking this morning after 8:45. Refreshed by the extra rest, we ventured downstairs for further sustenance at the Hilton's bountiful breakfast buffet.
By 11:15, we had waited out the rain, which had been falling all morning, and we set out on foot to see Dublin. Across the street from our hotel, we stopped by the historic Kilmainham (kil-MAYN-em) Gaol, a former prison that is one of the city's top attractions. Visitors are allowed in only by guided tour and the next tour wasn't available until 1:30. Since it was so close to our hotel, we opted to end our day there and chose the last tour of the day at 4:30. When we tried to pay for our tickets, our money was refused. Admission is free the first Wednesday of every month. Talk about the luck of the Irish!
|A favorite destination of visitors to Europe|
|Guinness compound view from the Gravity Bar|
|Each step of the brewing process is featured in Storehouse exhibits.|
|Guinness Harp on left, government on right|
|Serving up another pint|
|Well worth a stop|
We even arrived in time to browse through the displays in the jail's small exhibit rooms before tour guide David rounded us all up to begin an enlightening lesson in Irish history. Built in 1796, the prison was used by the British to house men, women and children prisoners mixed together in dark and cold segregated cells. In that time period, children were considered responsible for their own actions by age seven and were often imprisoned for petty theft.
|Newer section of the prison built in the Victorian era allowed guards to observe all cells easily.|
|A cross marks the place in the stonebreakers' yard where 1916 leaders were executed.|
Conveniently we had only to walk across the street to return to our hotel, where we ordered dinner from room service before strolling to a nearby Spar grocery store for a few supplies. For tomorrow, the weather prognosticators have promised rain all day, so we'll have to be creative in our sightseeing. Though we have a car, parking in the city is extremely limited.
- Started in Dublin, ended in Dublin
- Miles walked - 5.5 (Trip total: 7.6)
- Weather - 45° to 52°, cloudy to light rain
- Sunrise - 8:19, Sunset - 4:09
Guinness by the Numbers
- 100,000 tons of Irish-grown barley used by Guinness each year
- 9,000 years on Arthur Guinness's lease
- 256 years Guinness has been brewed at the same spot
- 3,000,000 pints of Guinness produced daily
WEDNESDAY, 2 DECEMBER, 2015
More Photos from Today
|Holiday lights decorate the Guinness Storehouse.|
|In earlier days, Guinness commissioned the construction of beer tankers to carry their product.|
|Early labels differed as Guinness was bottled where it was sold rather than at the brewery.|
|Perfect little miniature pint glasses for tasting.|
|View from the upper floor of the storehouse atrium|
|A Guinness Hop House at the Brazen Head|
|Narrow corridor in the older section of Kilmainham|