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Point Village & Samuel Beckett Bridge by Ann Treacy
June 3, 2010, 4:18 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Last Saturday it rained, which was OK since we planned to spend the day at the mall anyways. Aine was invited to a party at Dundrum shopping center so we all joined her. Dundrum is a nice mall – but it sort of looks like any mall anywhere in the world. That being said, Aine had a great time at Build-a-Bear, and the rest of us got some clothes.

On Sunday we ventured out to the Point Village. There’s a new market there on the weekends. The Point Village a ways from the city center but the walk there is along the quays so we didn’t mind. On a sunny day it’s beautiful. Also we got to see the Samuel Beckett Bridge in action. The bridge is new; it crosses the Liffey – so any bridge crossing the Liffey has to be able to let ships pass. This bridge does that in the most unusual way – it moves. Not up or down, it rotates to a 90 degree angle so that it eventually is perpendicular to the original direction. I tried to get it on video. I did not move much while recording the video – keep that in mind for the first 30 seconds. The movement is the bridge, not me.

We read the next day that this was the first time the bridge had opened. It was just completed in December 2009.

Next we hopped down to the market. It’s pretty good actually. There were bands playing as part of the Dublin Soul Festival. (Side note, Patrick and I saw a few bands playing at Meeting House Square for the Dublin Soul Festival too after amazing appetizers at the Port House.) There was plenty of food and various other stands.

Eventually we made our way to a wonderful dinner at the Winding Stairs.

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