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A Full Day in Howth by Ann Treacy
May 2, 2010, 7:49 pm
Filed under: Dublin, Uncategorized

The girls and I spent a marathon day in Howth. Patrick didn’t come because apparently being a full time student relieves you from any family obligations. It was a day of highs and lows – literally.

For folks who don’t know Dublin – Howth is the other side of Dublin Bay from us. So it’s what we look at any time we visit Dun Laoghaire or Bray. The nice thing is that we could take the DART (train there). Unfortunately we have to take a bus to the train but we’re pretty used to that.

The first thing we did when we got there was take a boat to Ireland’s Eye. It’s an island just a short hop away from Howth. I think it took all of 20 minutes to take the bus there. It was fun! We had packed a picnic; so we had our lunch on the Island. NO one lives on the island. It’s very small. We hiked around the part of the island/mountain that looks easiest but turned out to be full of nettles and kind of boggy. So you live and you learn.

After the island we hiked around the coast of Howth. It get super steep so we didn’t go too far. I can only handle taking Aine so far up places like that. Although we saw a kid about four years old who was dangling his feet off the cliff. Even Aine noted that it looked pretty stupid and that his parents were negligent to not have an iron grasp on him. Really I was so Afraid for the kid I could have been sick.

In the way up we saw a place where WB Yeats had lived. That was a thrill. It was a beautiful day so we saw a ton of people too. We ate a Deep, which seems to be a favorite with Lily. The waitress actually remembered us, which is either nice or a very bad sign. After lunch/dinner we went to see Howth Castle. There is a cooking school in it now. We also saw the Rhododendrons, which are mentioned in Ulysses.

After that very full day, we took the train home – got on a bus but had to get off about a mile from our stop because old girl (I won’t use names to protect the innocent) was sick. Actually her timing was good. Any longer on the bus and they would have been handing us a bucket.

So as I said, a day of ups and downs – but overall a great time. Going to Ireland’s Eye was a big highlight.

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