Thursday, 27th August 2015

Dublin On Film

Destinations Ireland
Dublin was a city I arrived in with no expectations and no prejudgements. Despite being half Irish, I knew practically nothing about the place so anything could have happened, the world was my oyster. Oh wait, I forgot to mention the reason we visited the city was for THE LIBERTINES. You’d think I still wouldn’t be hyped six weeks later but you clearly underestimate me… 

 

We spent two days in Dublin, staying at the gorgeous and cheap Isaacs Hostel. Whilst we were there we obviously made great use of the cheap flights (£19.99 return with Ryanair) and our extra time there to explore the city. As we only had a couple of days to venture around, very few photos were taken and usually crap ones at that. Being incredibly sleep deprived, this meant a lot of our time in Dublin was just spent chilling in the hostel and resting in various restaurants. Our feet, legs and every other body part, even ones we didn’t know existed, were entirely worn out and bruised from the gig so our final day left us taking way too many breaks at the side of the road. For this reason, I hardly spent any time using my DSLR… my trusty film camera, however, was used far more. While I’ve owned it for about two years I’ve only ever had two lots of film developed because I tend to use it sparingly due to the expense. I hope to change this, starting with this trip, as the results are SO satisfying.

  

Dublin is undoubtedly a magical and buzzing hub for culture. Each street offers something new whether it be humbly historical or a rowdy pub. Every corner you turn you find yourself immersed in street art (oh my goodness, SO much street art) down alleyways decorated with patriotic bunting. Temple Bar epitomises this and is the ultimate place to achieve the classic Dublin selfie. As touristy as the area may be, it’s definitely somewhere to experience.

  

 

The morning after felt like the world’s worst hangover, induced by being beaten rather than alcohol. Our typical travelling menu usually consists of a burger and fries gobbled down as quickly as possible, supposedly acting as a time saving measure. But that wasn’t going to cut it today. We never splash out on food but thank goodness we did. The Woollen Mills produced the most scrumptious roast dinner known to man and boy oh boy, was it just what we needed – nutritious (or at least I’d like to think so) AND filling! Plus, the restaurant boasts the most indie and modern of interiors, reminiscent of Berlin’s Michelberger Hotel, and is in a prime location by the riverside making it definitely up my street.

  
 

I can easily say that my favourite part of the city was the beautiful River Liffey that splits Dublin in two. Walking along the river from the quay at midnight after The Libertines was by far one of the most romantic strolls we’ve taken and a total movie cliché. Although sober, Gaz and I were, as lame as it sounds, giddy and high on life. Holding hands we strolled, ran and skipped beside the river singing Courteeners’ Small Bones, mirroring the refrain we’d heard just a few hours previous “We were drinking in the bars, darling, and dancing down the street”.

 

 

Next on our list of places to visit was Dublin’s own Trinity College, established over 400 years ago. Not only did we wander around its gorgeous campus grounds and cobbled stone pathways but we also decided to pay a visit to their famous Book of Kells exhibition hosting a 9th Century gospel manuscript from the Bible. On completing the exhibition you enter the most grand of libraries and as eager English students, we fell head over heels in love. The library has been used as a filming location for both Harry Potter and Star Wars, fuelling our nerdy desires even further. Excuse the crappy photos but  a film camera indoors under a lack of natural light is a no-go zone.

 

 

Did I mention we like literature? Must have slipped my mind. Many famous literary writers, such as Seamus Heaney, Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Bram Stoker and WB Yeats, were either born in Dublin or else made it their home. The city also birthed one of my favourite playwrights and authors, the eccentric wit of Oscar Wilde. In Dublin we visited a statue commemorating Wilde which basically couldn’t have personified him better if it tried.

 

 

So, have you visited Dublin before? If so, what was your favourite part of the city?

 

If not, you should definitely put it on your list of places to visit especially if you live in the U.K. – it’s too cheap to resist! Plus, a good ol’ charmin’ Irish accent can’t hurt anyone. AND the people are so friendly! How!???

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