Dublin again

Reading cage in Marsh's Library, Dublin

Reading cage in Marsh’s Library, Dublin

I saw more the next morning before I left Dublin than I did the whole day before; being a lovey day I walked to Marsh’s Library just behind St Particks cathedral. All their books are older than European settlement of Australia – how mind-boggling is that? It’s very much smaller and less well-known than the Long Room but a really interesting place. They keep the door locked and you have to ring a bell to be allowed in where the old gent gives you a little introduction and warns you not to lean over the ropes and touch the books! It’s all very quaint. They too have cabinets down the middle of the room with selected items on display; at the moment they are all science related and contain books by Galileo and Darwin. Apparently everything is quite unchanged since it was built three hundred years ago, even the three reading cages where you were locked to read any of the small books – obviously human nature hasn’t changed that much!!

I had a lovely time there and spent quite a while talking to a couple of the staff about all sorts, including their Facebook page; they are considering an adopt a book program to try to raise more funds, check them out.

Breakfast of coffee and warm apple pie at a cosy café just nearby went down well. Then I called in to a funky little shop called the Jam Art Factory and the guy in there was in for a huge chat too.  Seems almost everyone you talk to over here has a family member in Australia; his sister  has been over there for almost a year now. Anyhow he told me about a little church to go have a look at not far away, but off the beaten track, St Werburghs Church. I wasn’t sure I had the correct place, it really didn’t look like a church, but later I found out the towers had been demolished because of the security risk due to its proximity to Dublin Castle.  Talk about a find, it was a great place and there was a guy there who once I asked him one question kept me entertained for almost an hour. It has such an interesting history and has only been open for visitors last summer and a couple of weeks this year.

I still had time spare so-called in to the Chester Beatty Library; I only looked at the Art of the Book section – what an awesome collection, but all behind glass cabinets in darkened temperature controlled rooms, so it did feel a tad sterile after being at Marsh’s library a few hours earlier where everything is so old and just there, with that old book smell all around you.

Anyhow, by now I had to hot-foot it back to collect my  gear and get to the ferry port. At the train station I was asking the ticket guy why they had two names for the ferry port, Dublin and Dun Loaghaire – he looked at me strangely and said there’s two ferry ports!!! Well, f’n hell, I was all set to go a few stops on the train to Dun Loaghaire when in fact I had to find a cab and take a ten quid taxi ride to Dublin Ferry Port!! Almost had a major stuff-up there, thank goodness for all those questions I ask everyone.

The cabbie was one of those talkative ones so we had a great chat on the way and by the time we arrived my heart was back where it belonged and beating regularly again – not a million miles an hour like it was when told there were two different ferry ports. Oh well, it’s back to England now and looking forward to a week in the Lakes District.


Filed under Ireland, Mid-life travel, Travel

6 responses to “Dublin again

  1. Very nice pics! I think you are the perfect mid-life traveler because you are not afraid to ask questions and talk to everyone and anyone. That is how one learns about things. A younger, less secure traveler might be to shy to ask questions and talk to strangers. Go Mid-Life! 🙂


    • Oh thank-you, I must admit though, I’ve had lots of VERY strange looks from bus drivers when I’ve asked seemingly stupid questions. But I’m in Bath at the moment and caught a bus to the wrong uni yesterday – all because I just jumped on a bus without asking questions!!


  2. I’d absolutely love to visit Marsh’s Library one day 😀


  3. Carolyn

    Hey, Julie – lovely snatch of photos there from Dublin. Particularly like the orange and the green one to close! I recall, Dublin Castle was lovely to look through.
    Sooo pleased you kept asking questions – even if the ferry guy thought you might be a bit lacking! It all makes for some great memories and a laugh or two along the journey.
    Wallabies went down tonight 21:23 to the British & Irish Lions in Brisbane. Bloody top game which we would have won easily if our kicker used his better leg (he must have had a better one!!) or if our guys just didn’t get injured and carried off so often.
    Off to Ravenshoe tomorrow – saw Undara Lava Tubes today. Just great!
    Carolyn xx Take care


    • The young fellow on reception when I booked in yesterday broke the news to me about the Wallabies losing, he told me all about the missed kicks. We stayed at Undara Lava Tubes and did the full day tour when we went there all those year ago, it was fabulous. Hope you’re still enjoying yourselves. Cheers


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