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Tourism in Dublin

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 17, 2013

Dublin

I’d love to know how this tour group persuades teenage girls to wear viking helmets and ride around the city in a bright yellow bus shaped like a boat. Whenever the bus stops, they yell some kind of cheer, so you can’t help but notice them.

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Book of Kells socks, sold in the Trinity College gift shop.

Trinity College, Dublin

Door knob and drawer pull shop. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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Dublin

Wee Irish purse with wee lucky charms sewn on the front. Pot of gold not included.

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I wasn’t sure whether this was a tarted-up burger joint or a Victorian gothic building that has sunk to unbelievable depths. It’s the latter.

Dublin

Dublin

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Dublin’s O’Connell Street

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 17, 2013

Dublin

O’Connell Street is Dublin’s main thoroughfare. Although it’s only half a kilometer long, it is an impressive boulevard with monuments and shops. It’s been through some ups and downs, especially during the 1970s and 80s, but the Dublin City Council began to implement a concerted plan to redevelop the area in 2002, restoring a lot of its fine old architecture. I didn’t have very long to explore O’Connell Street–just a quick run up and down its length–but I managed to get a few shots. The square above was taken at the end of O’Connell Street, where O’Connell Bridge begins.

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Jim Larkin, an early 20th century labour leader, with a pair of shoes over one arm.

Dublin

I had to follow this girl for quite a distance in order to get a shot of her matching green flower decorations.

Dublin

The Spire of Dublin, aka the Knitting Needle, is the world’s highest sculpture (121.2 m or 397.6 ft). Its official name is the Monument of Light. At night it is illuminated at the top and at its base.

Dublin

Dublin

What great sweaters! They’re perfect–Aran on the left and Shetland lace on the right. These women were resting on a bench on the central median of O’Connell and I happened to see them on my way back to the center of town.

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O’Connell monument with the Spire of Dublin in the background.

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Angel at the base of the O’Connell monument. No special reason for photographing her. I just liked the angle of the light.

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