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Clontarf by Ann Treacy
January 31, 2010, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Dublin

So it gets to a point where the kids feel like they’ve seen *everything* because they have seen an awful lot of Dublin. So I decided we would go to Clontarf, which is really just in North Dublin – but somewhere we wouldn’t normally go. This doesn’t really fit into our day – but Bram Stoker, author of Dracula is from Clontarf.

One fun thing about heading to the North – especially near Dublin Bay is that we spend so much time looking at the Bay from the Southside. It’s fun to see everything in reverse and to see Dun Laoghaire and Bray in the distance. We started our trip at the Clontarf Castel, which is now a hotel. We had lunch. We saw suit of armor. They’ve done a good job making the hotel and restaurant nice and retaining glimpses of the old castle.

After lunch we headed to St Anne’s Park. It’s huge! I bet it’s really beautiful in the spring but if we wait until spring to see everything we’ll be watching a lot of TV. There are a lot of sport fields in the park, a playground, rose garden and some fun animal statues. There’s a market near some stables too – but sadly we weren’t there early enough to check it out. So we’ll have to visit again.

We walked down the coast road on the way home, looking out over Bull’s Island, a long island not far from the coast. You can actually drive to it.

I have to mention that the girls are amazing walkers. I’m sure we walked a few miles today – and no complaints. Really we rarely get complaints when we’re out until we get on the bus home. And my the time we get on the bus home we’re all tired and cold and sometimes hungry. We will love our car when we get home.

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