So..technically we're on day 3. HOWEVER...Day 2 was packed full with adventures ( and maybe a couple of alcoholic beverages.) After a leisurely breakfast, we went over our plans for the day.
The morning left us all with the free time we needed to explore Dublin and any sites that needed to be checked off our must visit lists. From Glasnevin Cemetery where the likes of Daniel O'Connell and Michael Collins are buried, to Kilmainham Goal where many Irish revolutionaries were imprisoned and executed. (Fun Fact - the Goal has been used as a location during the filming of many films such as The Wind That Shakes The Barley.)
Two of us decided to mosey on over towards Grafton Street and upon noticing an unusually thin crowd down Duke Street, we immediately seized the opportunity to visit Davy Byrnes Pub. A popular Bloomsday attraction, Davy Byrnes is a modernised pub with ties to Ulysses and it is usually over-run with suitably dressed celebrators on the 16th of June. Once we had managed to get ourselves some drinks and [free!] straw boater hats, we sat outside alongside some colourful characters an soaked up some sun.
Early in the afternoon we donned our Bloomsday caps and met up with the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Lorcan Collins (1916 Rebellion Walking Tours) for a fun Ulysses themed tour of Dublin. Whilst taking turns reading excerpts from the modernist novel and following the path that Leopold Bloom undertook within, we learned a few facts about Joyce himself and of Dublin City in that time period. Swinging by Sweny's pharmacy, we made sure to purchase a bar or two of Lemon soap (we do smell delightful.)
Along the Ulysses route, we briefly popped into the International Bar on Wicklow Street for a look and a listen (musicians inside both entertaining and enjoying the day for themselves.) Finding the atmosphere to be more than pleasing we decided to return after our walking tour for a drink and to our delight, even more talented individuals had joined in for the afternoon. After a nice Jameson & Ginger, we managed to peel ourselves out of our seats and head back to the hotel to prepare for dinner.
A short walk from our hotel, located across from Trinity College on Nassau Street, lies The Pigs Ear. Although it is barely noticeable (aside from its bright pink front door), as multiple flights of stairs bring you up to the restaurant itself, the visit for a meal is more than worth it. The phrase "Irish food taken to a new and elevated level," may have been tossed around the table at one stage. With delicious options and decorative presentation of deserts...it's definitely a dinner we would recommend.