Tim Baynes: DUBLIN


Celtic Cool
March 2004

A city on a river, the Liffey, with Georgian and Victorian streets running up and down and across the city. Energy is everywhere from young people and the influence of university life. The University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD), was founded in 1592 and is just one reason why education standards in Ireland have which have helped make the country one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Some architecture in Dublin is on the grand scale, mainly government buildings, the last remnants of British Rule which ended less than 90 years ago in 1922. On both days we were there the weather was grey, matching the stone of both St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedral. The choirs from both places of worship joined forces in 1742 for the first performance of Handel’s Messiah.



Dublin’s service industries are its apparent
heavy reliance on young people with central European accents.

Our bar of choice was the Temple Bar
bar in Temple Bar, http://www.temple-bar.ie   

The popular area to visit is Temple
Bar, with its ‘Irish Pubs’, art galleries and film theatres. The area is busy
busy in the evenings with bouncers at the entrance to every bar. Another interesting feature of
a busy place with several couples
indulging in open displays of affection, sweet-hearts pawing and petting in
public. However the peace was disturbed by the entry of a dozen or so American
tourists led by a local in a green hat. We left for a kebab bar round the



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Tim Baynes: DUBLIN continued


Two years ago they banned smoking in
pubs so now everyone can enjoy passive smoking on the streets. If you are a
smoker you can sit outside in specially constructed canvas pens outside many
pubs and coffee shops to protect those that indulge and want to enjoy a smoke
and a beverage.


"The Work Not of Men but of Angels…"

(Giraldus Cambrensis, c.1150 AD)

The Book of Kells is a calligraphic
and artistic magnum opus in colours created from gold, lapis lazuli, and copper
applied to pages of skin. Siân returned twice to gaze upon this tiny gem. http://www.bookofkells.com/book.html



A collection that was started in the early
1600’s, is housed in Trinity College Library.


In addition to the purchases and
donations of almost four centuries, since 1801 the Library has had the right to
claim all British and Irish publications under the terms of successive Copyright
Acts. The book stock is now over four million volumes and there are extensive
collections of manuscripts, maps and music. Each alcove and shelf is crammed
packed with leather bound treasures. http://www.tcd.ie/Library While Siân was with The Kells I was upstairs
drawing like a dervish in The Library in addition to watching a small team of
Japanese girls, in a room off to the side, dutifully repairing some of the


Dublin, Celtic cool, and a city
for small pleasures and treasures.

Tim Baynes

3 thoughts on “Tim Baynes: DUBLIN

  1. “However the peace was disturbed by the entry of a dozen or so American tourists…”

    why is it every Brit says that?

    Hell, I’m American and the last time I was in Dublin I avoided Temple Bar like the plague. Too Busy, too much like home. Too Many Drunken British people who think they’re better than everyone on the face of the planet.

  2. “the peace was disturbed by the entry of a dozen or so American tourists”

    I’ve heard more than a few Germans say this about Americans as well. And I had no problems finding examples. But maybe it is a case of “what you expect to see, you see”.

    I had always been told that Germans don’t like to stand in line. So when I saw German tourists at Disney World force their way to the front of the line my expectation was fulfilled.

    But how fair is this? Not very I suspect.

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