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Swimming at 40 Foot by Ann Treacy
August 6, 2012, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Dun Laoghaire

Just to make sure that everyone is appropriately impressed, here’s a little background on the Forty Foot from Wikipedia…

The Forty Foot is a promontory on the southern tip of Dublin Bay at Sandycove, County Dublin, Ireland, from which people have been swimming in the Irish Sea all year round for some 250 years. … The opening section of Joyce’s Ulysses is set here, with the characters Stephen Dedalus and Buck Mulligan being partly based on Joyce himself and Gogarty, respectively. [

So today the girls and I set out with our friend (from my MA program years ago) Taura to swim at 40 Foot. It used to be that 40 Foot was a place for naked men – only. Now swim suits are required and women are allowed. It’s cold – really cold – both the water and the air outside the water. And for a special treat there are jelly fish in the water. The bluish purple ones are OK. The brown ones are dangerous. Going in I saw a blue jelly fish. On the way out I saw a big brown jelly fish. We heard a story of someone getting stung last week – and we saw several apparently seasoned swimmers turn back due to jelly fish scare.

Taura, Aine and I made it into the water. To be fair, Taura was the only one who really swam. And I don’t know how as I lost feeling in my arms after about 2 minutes. I will say that I went completely into the water, which is something I rarely do in Dublin.

We capped off the expedition with a fun dinner in Glasthule. We went to a pub with Indian food. Yum!

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Walking in the Rain by Ann Treacy
June 23, 2012, 8:18 pm
Filed under: Dublin, Dun Laoghaire

We didn’t really bring any good weather with us this year – at least not so far. It has rained pretty much every day. One day I sat in the kitchen inches away from the heater all day because I was freezing. But I guess you don’t some to Ireland for the weather. Although you’d hope that you wouldn’t be sad about leaving your mittens at home!

That being said, we’re tough and we’ve been talking lots of walks. We walk around the parks in Cabinteely. We walk down the pier in Dun Laoghaire. In fact (and I know this is meaningless to most readers) we walked from Dun Laoghaire to Cabinteely one day. And we’ve walked in town. And I’ve taken pictures are we’ve trekked.



Taste of Dublin by Ann Treacy
June 23, 2012, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Dublin, Dun Laoghaire

So our first full day Patrick and I headed to Taste of Dublin – it’s a fun event in the Iveagh Gardens where lots of restaurants sell (and sometimes give) samples of their best dishes. We have a few years in the past. SO this was the worst weather we’ve experienced – but it did seem as if there were more free tiny tastes of food and drink. Especially tiny tastes of wine, which is fun. Also we connected with old friends – Karina and Bernie. I haven’t seen Bernie in almost 20 years. I worked for her at a cafeteria at Mother Redcap’s Market. It was fun to talk to her; I have always been amazed at how smart Bernie is especially in terms of current events. We spoke a lot of time talking about fracking.

On the way out of the event we got free drink tickets for some pub – so we got a bonus free sample in a pub that Bernie mentioned did not allow anyone over 25 in when they first opened. Apparently we were looking good or they have become less fussy.

Then Patrick and headed to Glasthule to catch the tail end of a Bloomsday Party. It was fun to walk around and see the James Joyce fans.



Dun Laoghaire Regatta & Translations by Ann Treacy
July 11, 2011, 8:32 pm
Filed under: Dublin, Dun Laoghaire

We have been to the Dun Laoghaire Regatta twice now. Last time we were pretty excited and weren’t sure what we were going to see. Our expectations were more tempered this year. We weren’t expecting much so it was a lot better. Really Lily, Aine and I were just looking for something fun and easy – so we walked up the East Pier – but we walked up the rough part of the tame pier. Our timing was good – most of the sailboats were just heading out. It is kind of fun to see the harbor full of sailboats.

A couple of days later Patrick and I headed to the Abbey Theatre with our buddy Gary to see Brian Friel’s Translations. Brian Friel is an Irish playwright who spent some formative months at the Guthrie Theater; he shows up in Patrick’s dissertation. The best part of the night was meeting up with one of the lead actors, Dennis Conway. Gary knows Dennis which is how that happened. We ended up spending a very late night at a pub in Kilmainham – the night got so late I got to turn out the lights in the pub. That’s the lights on the outside – we weren’t (thankfully) the last people in the actual pub. Sorry – no pictures of the late night!





Two Days in Dun Laoghaire – Two Seal Sightings by Ann Treacy
July 3, 2011, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Dun Laoghaire

One of the things that we all miss when we’re in Minnesota is walking down the Dun Laoghaire Pier. So we’ve been there twice. (Dun Laoghaire is a town south of Dublin; we live much closer to Dun Laoghaire than to the center of Dublin.) There are actually two piers in Dun Laoghaire. The East Pier is the one that’s best for a walk if you want to see people and maybe get an ice cream. The East Pier is a little rougher. But usually your odds of seeing a seal (or even porpoise!) is higher on the east pier. Amazingly we walked down both and saw a seal each time. It’s always a big thrill for us to see a seal.

Otherwise they’ve fixed up our favorite Irish Chinese restaurant, Café Mao. The cinema is showing Kung Fu Panda 2. They’re still renovating the boardwalk (and have been for more than a year) but it’s going to be nice when they’re done!



Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Ann Treacy
June 8, 2010, 5:37 pm
Filed under: Dublin, Dun Laoghaire

Last week was the big production of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Johnstown Girl School’s fourth grade – featuring Kate O’Donnell as Oompa Looompa…

That night we celebrated the big performance with a walk down Dun Laoghaire Pier. They have opened the area near the lighthouse – so that was kind of a thrill!



Celebrating Handel’s Messiah by Ann Treacy
April 25, 2010, 7:45 am
Filed under: Dublin, Dun Laoghaire

So here’s a little quiz. Where was Handel’s Messiah first played? If you said Dublin, you’re right. If you knew it happened in 1742, you get bonus points. For the anniversary there are activities all around Temple Bar in Dublin. We went to hear music at St Audeon’s, which was kind of fun. I won’t pretend that any of us are classical music buffs – or even classical/traditional Irish music buffs but it was nice. The biggest treat through was going into the St Audeon’s visitor center.

I used to live behind St Audeon’s, which is near Christ Church is a very old part of Dublin, but I had never been in the old or new church. So it was kind of cool.

The other pictures were taken either from a day we spent in Dun Laoghaire or a day in town on Thomas Street (that’s the picture with the modern art heads).




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