This is my second time in Dublin, though the first that I’m able to explore. Seems that every time I book a trip here other places take priority due to distance and time constraints. Next time I’ll be sure to spend more time here.
Everyone’s favorite part of our short stint in Dublin is our first stop at O’Riellys (The Deer’s Head) on Parnell Street.
While waiting for our 3pm check-in, we went to the first pub we saw with all our luggage in tow. When we walked in there was an intimate vibe among the raised Irish-accented voices, spontaneous singing, and laughter. We were told it was the cheapest pub in Ireland and you could get 3 Dublin Blues for a 10’er.
One man, Tommy, stopped by our booth asking, “are those American accents I hear?” He told us we’d found the best pub in Ireland and introduced us to his friends.
He then told us “I’m going to tell you Americans a joke about Australians so that you can tell the story of how an Irish man told it to you.” The joke was something like this:
Two Australians are in a poetry competition, one is from New Whales, a city person, and the other was from the outback, kinda like a hillbilly. They were given a word, then allowed two minutes to come up with a poem that contained the word. The word they were given was “Timbuktu”. The poem that gets the loudest applause wins.
The man from New Whales went first. He stepped to the microphone and said:
“Slowly across the desert sand
Trekked a lonely caravan.
Men on camels, two by two
He got a lot of applause.
The man from the outback calmly made his way to the microphone and recited:
“Me and Tim a-huntin went,
Met three whores in a pop up tent.
They was three, and we was two,
So I bucked one, and Timbuktu.”
Tommy also told us about his ex-wife. They had divorced in England but it wasn’t recognized in Ireland (I’m not sure the details of this situation). One day she told him she was cheating on her husband and he exclaimed “yeah, me! We’re still technically married!” I feel this is a phrase he frequently recites to her.
He was the bright spot we needed while dealing with jetlag and lost baggage.
After some check-in and directional confusion, we visited other pubs such as The Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Dublin. It had great food and a decent Irish cider. As it was a Wednesday night the pub wasn’t busy and we were able to enjoy the atmosphere with it’s old stone walls and floors. The rest of the night we walked by Temple Bar and various other landmarks in the area. We were exhausted and decided not to attempt Temple Bar which seemed busy even for a Wednesday.
The second day we left the apartment early and checked our bags at Temporary House, 5minutes from Heuston Station.
We then walked to the Jameson distillery which has a very interactive tour. Our guide was fantastic and energetic, making the whole experience worthwhile. All four of us are now “Official Jameson Irish Whiskey Tasters.” Finally, we took a short self-guided tour of Dublin Castle before heading to the train station.
Temple House Parnell Street
-Great accommodations and location. Bus stop right out front towards Temple Bar area. Lots of food places near by such as Chinese food and Turkish kabobs.
-This is both a hotel and luggage storage area. The people helping us were very nice, even let the airport drop off our lost bag to them while we were out.
O’Riellys (The Deer’s Head)
-If you’re looking for a spot to chill without many other tourists and cheaper beer then head over to O’Reillys.
The Brazen Head
-If you’re looking for something with medieval appeal and traditional Irish food then check out the Brazen Head. They have live music and story telling every afternoon. We didn’t make it, but maybe next time!
-If you plan to use taxis (we did to get to/from train station in a hurry) then download mytaxi. Works just like Uber and you don’t need to worry about having enough cash for a taxi.