Dublin Hop On & Hop Off, Day 7
The Castle stands on the high ridge, the highest ground in the locality, at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the (now underground) Poddle, which formed a natural boundary on two sides. It is very probable that the original fortification on this easily defended strategic site was a Gaelic Ringfort, which guarded the harbour, the adjacent Dubhlinn Ecclesiastical Centre and the four long distant roads that converged nearby. In the 930's, a Danish Viking Fortress stood on the Dublin Castle site and part of the town defences is on view at the Undercroft, where the facing stone revetments offered protection against the River Poddle. Their settlement of Dyflinn (a corruption of Dubhlinn) quickly became the main Viking military base and trading centre of slaves and silver, in Ireland.
In 1991 they celebrated 800 years of worship at Saint Patrick’s. Many people wonder why there are two medieval Cathedrals in Dublin – one was outside the city walls, one inside. Since disestablishment, Saint Patrick’s has been the National Cathedral for the whole of Ireland, while Christ Church has been the diocesan Cathedral of Dublin and Glendalough.
Some of the beautiful Iconic Stain Glass Windows inside the Cathedral, there are also lots of statues and memorials. There is a charge for entrance, but if you come to Dublin and don't visit Saint Patrick's you have not visited Ireland or Dublin for that matter. It is worth the price of admittance.
Here I am waiting for the Yellow Bus, but it has not shown up. It was very cold so I rather walk to the next stop were the two lines were converging. What do you know as we are going up a small hill, the Yellow Bus comes down, we had time to get to it's next stop up the Hill. We caught in time, within 2 minutes of being there the bus came upon our stop, we hoped in and continue the tour.
In our way with the Yellow Bus we had to wait for the Red one, because we wanted to go through Phoenix Park. The Yellow Bus stopped at Heuston Station and there is were the Red Bus will be coming along in about 8 minutes. We had a chance to use the rest room and eat something at Super Macs, a double burger for each. Another Yellow Bus arrived, the Red Bus has broken down, there will be another one in 10 minutes. We got some coffee and waited.
Unusually for North Dublin, the park has an even-numbered area code (Dublin 8/D8). All other areas of northside Dublin (except for the adjacent Chapelizod) have odd numbered area codes, and even numbers if on the southside of Dublin.
The phoenix monument is a Corinthian column with a Phoenix bird rising from the ashes at its pinnacle. It was erected by Lord Chesterfield in 1747. From here to the stop closest to the Distillery which will be our next stop.
Set in the heart of Ireland’s thriving capital city, Dublin, The Old Jameson Distillery captures the imagination and the spirit of Ireland! Let our expert guides lead you through the fascinating story of JAMESON, the world’s preferred quality whiskey. Follow the path through malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and maturing.The journey is completed with a visit to the JAMESON Bar where you can enjoy the ultimate whiskey tasting experience. After your tour, browse in the gift shop or lunch in the restaurant or bars and absorb the unique atmosphere.
After the Distillery we where in the mood for food. We decided we were going to go to the same Pub we went on our First day on Bachellor's Walk we found Panama Pub which is the latest bar to open in Dublin and although it looks small on the outside it actually opens up in length to reveal an upstairs and a downstairs. It is located on Bachelors Walk beside The Bachelor Inn and the difference between the two is huge. Panama is a well lit place and has a stylish wooden look adds to the atmosphere. The pints are a bit expensive but you'd expect this just by looking in the door. The barstaff are friendly and the service good. The seating is laid out down the sides and is fine although when it's packed it is hard to find a standing area and the 'bridge' looking over the basement level looks good.There's all sorts of pictures and Panamanian images on the walls that are not overly noticeable but are worth a look at.