After some flight delays (circa 8hrs travel time), we made it into Dublin around 23:00. We took a bus ride into the city which was lit up in green for St Patricks Weekend.
Was great to catch up with the Amsterdam secondees when we arrived at the accommodatoin. We all went across the road for the first of many (at least for Matty) Guinness' of the weekend.
- Irish breakfast, strolled around the city, through trinity college and to O'Connell street. Impressed by the spire.
- highlight of the day was definitely the Ireland vs. France six nations final (although Van, Jess and Susan darted off for a bit of shopping then had to spend the first 3/4 of the game waiting in line to get back into the packed out pub.
- after the game it was back to the apartments for some drinking games, drink choices were limited - bush mills whiskey, Jameson whiskey, or jäger, and then a night out in Dublin town.
- a hearty irish breakfast at Dublin's oldest pub. Still not sure how I feel about black pudding.
- boys settled in at a bar for some hours, while girls went for a walk to St Stephens green, Merrion square, Oscar Wilde statue, and generally around the city. Returned to the bar to find the boys several more beers deep and Matty well and truly gotten over his epic hangover.
- Went to the Temple Bar in the Temple Bar area for a few beersies. It was chocka so we were sitting in three separate groups in order to get a seat.
- Dinner in a small burger joint; not a particularly irish dinner.
- Matt & Flynn attempted to get into a couple of bars that happened to be 'regulars only' establishment. Interpretation was basically that they didn't want foreigners wearing 'silly green' things coming in. The boys managed to, once they took off all their green things, get into a bar down the road.
- Bussed out to our accommodation in Leixlip, interestingly the "Original Home of Guiness".
- While the night ended here for the rest of us, Matty made friends with some locals and was in the local bar until the wee hours.
- Van went for a morning jog around Leixlip. Then we bussed into town for the St Patricks Day parade.
- Waited/Watched the parade for a couple hours but it was pretty tough to actually see anything. Cabin baggage came in handy for standing on top of.
- Taxi out to the airport - our driver was quite the character, telling us all about his neighbour who had gone missing in recent days, pointing out his local pub where he was planning on going later, and telling us that his key ring was a gift from Jonah Lomu and that he was personal friends with many ex ABs. We were needless to say, a little dubious of these claims, but he did say them with some conviction, so who knows!
4 day week of work before a local getaway for some skiing :-)