We had an early flight on Monday 22 July from Edinburgh to Dublin and were up at the crack of dawn to drive to the airport from St Andrews. We stood behind Padraig Harrington in the queue for our Aer Lingus flight and spent our remaining pounds on lunch.
Upon arrival in Dublin we were disappointed to find that our bags hadn’t made the flight due to weight restrictions (nor had Padraig’s golf clubs!) so we organised for them to be delivered to our hotel while we explored the city.
The city was full of people. We wandered through St Stephen’s Green via sun loving couples and playful children, down bustling Grafton Street for a spot of window shopping and stopped at Butlers on Wicklow Street for famous (fructose loaded) hot chocolates.
From there we made our way around St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
On weary feet we ended the day in Temple Bar and enjoyed a typical Irish pub meal at O’Neill’s.
Unfortunately our luggage had still not been delivered when we arrived home so we stopped for essentials at a local supermarket and aired our shoes and socks overnight for another day of wear.
In Ulysees, Leopold Bloom mused that ‘[a] good puzzle would be [to] cross Dublin without seeing a pub’. After a big breakfast (and an introduction to soda bread – yum!) I tried my luck and made my way into Dublin by foot via Merrion Square and the National museums to Trinity College. There were pubs on nearly every street!I waited for Ed in the gardens of Trinity College (he caught the bus in as his legs are still recovering from St Andrews!) together we made our way out to the airport to track down our bags. Reunited with our belongings we had a quick bite to eat before organising a rental car with Thrifty for our trip out west.