Dublin on our 5th Day
These are very touristic Bars and Pubs that you will have to call tourist magnets( or traps) and they are very pricey. It is a very busy area of Dublin. I was glad we were away from it.
Temple Bar Food Market / Organic Farmers' Market
Every Saturday, year-round, from 9am until 5pm, there's the Temple Bar Food Market in Meeting House Square. Over the past four years, the Market has been going from strength to strength and now boasts roughly thirty regular stalls. There are handmade chocolates from Chez Emily, there's Cakes & Buns from Claudia's. Corleggy Cheeses have another stall, as do Sheridans Cheesemongers, so if you're into your stinky dairy delights, you'll do well here. You can chow down on some sweet pastries, along with many other dishes like their lovely quiches from the Gallic Kitchen. There's the ubiquitous crepe stall, there's fish, vegetables, cheese. Going Bananas make fresh juice from fruit & vegetables. Frank Hederman's Smoked Fish is another one to sample. All your organic vegetable needs can be supplied by the McNally Family Farm. At other stalls, there's sushi, there's jam, there's waffles, there's freshly baked bread and tapas both Spanish and Mexican-style. So it's always a nice stop-off on a lazy Saturday and one of the best things about Temple Bar.
Wait a minute we found a coffee shop where we could get some hot coffee and get warmed up, sit down. After sitting down for a while the police went in, so we knew it must be a good place to get coffee.
Several notable buildings face on to the square, including Leinster House (seat of the Oireachtas), the Natural History building of the National Museum of Ireland, the National Maternity Hospital and the National Gallery of Ireland. The Irish Red Cross, the Central Catholic Library, the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the Irish Georgian Society have their headquarters on the square.
The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was transcribed by Celtic monks ca. 800. The text of the Gospels is largely drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible known as the Vetus Latina. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure.
After we saw the Book of Kells Exhibition, we weet back toward Temple bar area, but were able to stop at the Powercourts Townhouse Centre Located in a beautiful Georgian building, the Townhouse is a treasure trove of designer fashion and jewelry. The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is at 59 South William Street, Dublin 2. This is where we went to the This is Knit Store where we met Jacqui the owner which I knew through Ravelry.
This is Knit is on the First Floor and it is a small store with a lot of yarn, I was happy to see that they opened a new store in Dublin instead of having to go to Blackrock which would have been a bit away, but accessible through DART (Dublin Rapid Area Transit)