Dublin

21 Jun 2012 – A Drive Down Memory Lane

Wed: Poor Olai, he is having his first runny nose and not sleeping well. Left Majorsuten 0715hrs on the T-bane/subway to the bus terminal catching the 0805hrs one hour bus ride to RYG/Moss airport (NOK 150, S$33). Dep with Ryanair on time 1035hrs (NOK 331, S$71 RT).

Arr DUB 1135hrs to blue skies and a delightful summer day, 15mins ahead of schedule. DUB is 1hr behind OSL. Silly me thinking that the flight was only 1hr when it is 2hrs…

The half hour bus ride (EUR6, S$10) from the airport to the Heuston train station took an hour due to traffic jams but was happy to have that time to go down memory lane with the exception of the two new landmarks Samuel Beckett Bridge/2009 and Convention Center by River Liffey.

O’Connell St with many people out enjoying the good weather.

Will edit the names of the roads for the above pix later… the last pix above used to be the Bank of Ireland until the 1970s. This building was originally designed by Edward Lovett Pearce in 1729.

Christ Church Cathedral /1028 is just as impressive and fresh in the memory. This is the most well-worth 1hr bus ride and certainly not the express bus 🙂

Seán Heuston Bridge/1828, Heuston train station

Train from DUB to Farranfore, Co Kerry SW Ireland (EUR32, S$52) took nearly 4hrs with a change at Mallow. Have not been on an Irish train since the 1960 & 1970s student days!

This post has taken forever to loan the pix, very frustrating. Needs to be edited!

I always thought old age would be a writer’s best chance. Whenever I read the late work of Goethe or W. B. Yeats I had the impertinence to identify with it. Now, my memory’s gone, all the old fluency’s disappeared. I don’t write a single sentence without saying to myself, ‘It’s a lie!’ So I know I was right. It’s the best chance I’ve ever had ― Samuel Beckett

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