Kilmainham Gaol

This former prison, now a museum, is rich in Irish history. This gaol held many famous Irish rebellions from 1798 to 1916. A guided tour is provided in this museum.

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Opening Time:

Apr – Sept: 09.30 – 18.00 daily
(last admission 17.00)
Oct – Mar: Mon – Sat: 09.30 – 17.30
(last admission 16.00)
Sundays: 10.00 – 18.00
(last admission 17.00)

Closed on the 24th, 25th & 26th December.
Prices  (includes a guided tour):

Adult: €6
Senior / Group: €4
Child / Student: €2
Family Rate: €14

Tip for visitors: This is a very popular museum and large queues can be expected, especially on weekends.

Address: Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8. Telephone : +353 1 453 5984.

Email : kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie

For more information visit http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/kilmainhamgaol/

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Drive-In Halloween Movies @Tattersalls Country House

If you haven’t already gone this year, you should check out the drive-in Halloween movies on at the grounds of Tattersalls Country House (Near Fairyhouse Racecourse in Meath). It’s been running since the 23rd October and this weekend it finishes with movies like Psycho, The Birds, The Omen & Deliverance. There are also kids movies on during the day and Pretty Woman is on Sunday evening for some reason! It’s only 30-40 minutes drive from Dublin.

It cost 25 euro per car but recommend upgrading to 27 euro for front-row spaces. They have food stalls there but bring your own snacks and a blanket! Also, don’t forget to clean your windscreen before you so and that your radio is working! You tune into a radio station for the audio. Finally, mind your car battery! There is someone every time who leaves on a light or something in the car other than the radio and drains the battery. Don’t worry though, they have guys there to jump start it.

Don’t forget to book your tickets, print them and bring them along!

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http://tattersallscountryhouse.ie/movies/

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Devils Glen

The Devils Glen is a nice easy walk about 1 hour outside of Dublin. Park in the carpark highlighted below and follow the trail through the woods to the waterfall. Keep an eye out of the sculptures and quotes along the trail. In the early 19th century, before the Vartry Reservoir was built in the mountains above, the river came through the glen in full uninhibited majesty, its roaring in throes of flood so loud that locals said the Evil One was howling for sinners down there. 20130519_161759 map

Car park location.

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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