Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ireland - Day 11 (Dublin)

Today, Glasnevin Cemetery tour and Kilmainham Gaol as our last day here.

Glasnevin Cemetery.
Glasnevin Cemetery.
Glasnevin Cemetery.
Started the day with Glasnevin tour which was about the 1916 Rising which after the tour, we still didn't quite understand much. 9:30am was the start of the tour and it lasted for 1.5 hours, it was too specific for us and since we did not know the history being the 1916, it didn't help us much at all. There is a general history tour, so that might have been better. The cemetery itself is really neat though, and hearing a bit of the history of it, the significance, and the cemetery itself, I thought was very neat and well worth visiting if you can. The tour cost us €24 for both. You can walk the cemetery for free and there is a parking lot nearby with cheap parking (I think it was €2 for 3 hours).

National Botanic Gardens.
Crostinis at The Gravediggers.
Pasta Bake at The Gravediggers.
Lunch will be at The Gravediggers which is nearby, however since we were still to early for lunch, we walked to the National Botanic Gardens next door for a little bit. The Gardens are very nice looking and very big, it is unfortunately that we didn't have more time to spend here.

The Gravediggers is the local pub which has been here for over 100 years! We ordered the pasta bake and the crostinis. It cost us just over €11, the portions are reflective of the cost, they were both smaller than what we have been used to seeing, however, the crostinis was really nice. The pasta bake was skippable. The menu changes daily, so you might not see what we ordered. Next to the restaurant is their pub and you should step inside for a look, it is really old and you can see how things were back in the day.

Kilmainham Gaol.
Kilmainham Gaol.
Kilmainham Gaol is next and we were there for the 2:45pm tour. If you need parking, park at the nearby Museum of Modern Art since there is no actual parking on site. It is about a 10 minute walk away and it cost about €3 for 3 hours if I remember correctly.

Kilmainham Gaol.
The Gaol was a bit boring compared to Crumlin Gaol. Kilmainham had a lot of history behind the 1916 Rising members, which again, we weren't very familiar with, so the tour was a bit lost on us. The interior was bigger in the hall area, which you can see from the photos, but the tour itself was quick, happened every 15 minutes, and we were done in 1 hour exactly. It seemed more rushed than Crumlin which might be why I was disappointed with this one.

Cottage Pie at Madigan's.
Gaelic Chicken at Madigan's.
With the Gaol finished, we decided to do some shopping in the shopping area and we ended up at Madigan's for dinner. Ordered the Gaelic Chicken and the Cottage Pie. The food was okay, nothing special. Cost us just under €28.

Sweet Republic.
We wandered the area a bit and ended up at Sweet Republic for dessert. We got a milkshake and an ice cream for €7.20. The ice cream here is REALLY big, so don't be scared by the price.

Overall, based on today's experience, if we had learned a bit about the 1916 Rising, we might have appreciated things more, but since we didn't, it felt a bit disappointing.

Tomorrow, we fly back to Toronto, so this will be my last daily post.