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Phoenix Park by Ann Treacy
November 25, 2007, 9:13 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Today we went with Fearghal to the Phoenix Park. We were in the Phoenix Park a couple of months ago to go to the zoo but we didn’t much time to walk around. This time we took time to climb up the Wellington Testimonial (not to the top). Then we took off to see the Papal Cross.

The Papal Cross marks the place where the Pope said mass in 1979. Both Patrick and Fearghal remembered waking up early to go to see the Pope. I think pretty much everyone in Ireland (certainly Dublin) at the time remembers going to see the Pope.

We didn’t see the Pope – but we did get to see the deer. There’s a herd of deer that apparently hang out at the park. The park is huge – almost 1800 acres. Anyways back to the deer – Aine nearly caught a deer. She was very, very sad that she didn’t catch one.

The weather was amazing. It was cold on Friday – but the weather bounced back for us over the rest of the weekend.

Here’s a map from Cabinteely to Phoenix Park. We rarely go to North Dublin, so I thought it might be interesting to see:

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The Bog People at the Museum by Ann Treacy
November 25, 2007, 9:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Today we went into town with the girls. We went to the National Museum to see the bog people. As the girls said, it was creepy and cool.

A bog is kind of like quicksand or swampland. According to Wikipedia, “A bog is a wetland type that accumulates acidic peat, a deposit of dead plant material.” The interesting thing about the bog is that it preserves anything that goes into. So sometimes when people are digging in the bog they run into super old thing – like people who have been dead for thousands of year.

It’s amazing how well they are preserved. You can’t take pictures in the museum, but it you’re interested, you can find pictures on Wikipedia. Again, it was creepy and cool. Now we just need to find a reason to visit a bog while we’re here as that would be cool too.

After the museum we went to the National Gallery. They were having a storytelling hour for kids, which Aine and Lily enjoyed.

After that we went to good old Eddy Rocket’s for dinner.


Improbable Frequency by Ann Treacy
November 25, 2007, 7:06 pm
Filed under: Dublin

We saw a very fun play tonight – Improbably Frequency. It was showing at the Pavilion Theater in Dun Laoghaire. The nice thing about Dun Laoghaire is that it’s much closer to the house than Dublin city center.


Here’s the advance trailer from YouTube:



For those who have seen any of Patrick’s plays, especially The Third Policeman, this play was much like his show.


After the show we went to the pub next door, which is very trendy, We got to see someone get kicked out, which is always fun. They we went to a Karaoke bar that wasn’t very trendy at all – but fun.

The Girls on Irish Schools by Ann Treacy
November 24, 2007, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Dublin

The great news is that we got a digital video camera (woo hoo) the bad news is that the upload broadband speeds at the house are so bad I can’t easily upload the videos. L The sadder news is that it took 25 minutes to upload the 3-minute video from the library too.

But here are the videos we took earlier this week.

Thanksgiving in Dublin by Ann Treacy
November 23, 2007, 6:05 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Did we celebrate Thanksgiving? No. But we did go into town to see the Christmas lights on Grafton Street (as seen below). We also had dinner at Brewley’s. So it was a nice night – but no one got off school, off work or had stuffing.

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Message from Grandpa by Ann Treacy
November 17, 2007, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I’m still in St Paul. So this message is for the kids. Grandpa & Grandma got us a great early Christmas gift. Lily, you are particulalry going to love it. The following is a hint: (Click on the arrow below – might need to do it twice – to see the video)

Joe Dowling in St Paul by Ann Treacy
November 15, 2007, 12:22 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

This is a test to see if Patrick reads the blog. I’m in St Paul. I have been here since last Monday and I am here until this Monday. I came home for the Blandin Broadband conference. I have gotten a ton of work done since I’ve been here and I’ve been able to see a lot of people. I have eaten at Chipotle twice – actually I think I have had just about every meal at a restaurant.

Today I met my friend Jan at Dunn Brother’s downtown Minneapolis. While there I ran into Joe Dowling. I said hello and introduced myself. He gave his regards to Patrick and Tony Roche.

Patrick is doing his PhD on the Irish roots of the Guthrie Theater and Dowling is one of the major players in that work.

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