Exploring the History and Culture of Dublin and Ireland

This post has been a long time coming – I’ve been immersed in the history and culture of Dublin!

History and Culture in Dublin – The Video

Firstly, here’s this week’s video:

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So I arrived in Ireland last Sunday and spent the first four days with my sister (half-sister officially) in Howth, which is a fishing village on a peninsula northeast of Dublin.

A cemetery in Howth

Trish took me touring around some of the historical parts of Ireland.


We visited the Round Tower at Wicklow, and the Glendalough waterfall and lakes.

Round Tower at Wicklow

The Powerscourt Estate

We went for lunch at the Powerscourt Estate. The Slazenger family (of tennis fame) had totally renovated the place, then it was gutted by fire the next day. So now the remains of the building and grounds are open to the public.

Gardens at Powerscourt Estate

Newgrange and Knowth

Newgrange and Knowth are the location of Neolithic burial tombs built 500 years before the pyramids of Giza!

Burial Mounds at Knowth

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle was built around 1100 and has been continuously occupied pretty much since then. Trish and I went on a  tour 😉

Malahide Castle


After spending time with Trish I moved to my AirBnB just outside of Dublin in a  suburb called Palmerstown. I’m staying with a lovely lady called Odile – she’s French, and full of energy! She’s a teacher and likes to have loud and fun gatherings with her friends, drinking wine on the back lawn in freezing Irish weather around a barbeque.

I also took a day to wander around Dublin city, visiting The Temple Bar among other places.

Temple Bar, Dublin

Last night Odile took me to St Patrick’s Cathedral for an organ recital, which was a first for me!

St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

I’m going to visit Belfast tomorrow, and then on Sunday I fly out to Annecy, France via Geneva. Another big adventure!