The Wicklow Gap

The beautiful Wicklow Gap (R756). Take a drive or even a cycle over the rural mountain landscape.  The Wicklow Gap road goes from Hollywood near the N81 about 10km from Blessington to the village of Laragh near Glendalough.

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Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

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Located on the great grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is the home of the national collection of modern and contemporary art.

From http://www.imma.ie/en/nav_15.htm

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. The Royal Hospital was founded in 1684 by James Butler, Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to Charles II, as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for almost 250 years. The style is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and a large elegant courtyard. The Royal Hospital in Chelsea was completed two years later and also contains many similarities in style. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was restored by the Government in 1984 and opened as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in May 1991.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Friday:
11.30am – 5.30pm

Saturday:
10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays:
12noon – 5.30pm

Monday: Closed

Last Admission 5.15pm

Admission free except for occasional special exhibitions

Address: Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

Telephone: +353-1-6129900

Email : info@imma.ie

For more information visit http://www.imma.ie/

Great Sugar Loaf Climb (Short Route)

If you are looking for a reasonably short climb with a great view then you must visit the Great Sugar Loaf (often just called the Sugar Loaf). The Great Sugar Loaf (Beannach Mhór) is located in County Wicklow, south of Bray.IMG_3819

It’s roughly 30-40 minutes drive from Dublin. The short route starts at the car park at the base of the hill (link to car park @ 53.144442, -6.154727) and the climb up and down takes about 1 hour in total.  From the top you have a great view of Bray, Greystones and Dun Laoghaire. On a clear day (like we have in the pictures) you can see Howth Head also.

Just be aware that the path up has lots of loose rocks and you have to climb a bit of rock in the end. There is a longer hike up to this hill but we will cover that another day. Our pictures were taken on a cold January afternoon. Enjoy!


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Crackbird – a different kind of restaurant

I love chicken.  I’m sure I’m not alone here.  So a restaurant I really love to pop into is Crackbird.  They offer a variety of very tasty chicken dishes and sauces.

Owned by JoBurger, this restaurant is located on 60 Dame street,  Dublin.

As an added incentive,  Crackbird offer a free main course for two for anyway who tweets a date and time and includes #tweetseats (depending on availability of course).  There twitter account is @crackBIRDdublin.

Mmm…  Chicken…

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