Now in Dublin, the plan was to return the rental yesterday but as luck would have it all of the public transportation was on a rotating strike. Every Thursday and Friday they were off the job until their dispute was resolved. I ended up keeping the car until Friday evening as a result which gave me the opportunity to experience the brilliant Dublin rush hour in all its glory!

GUINNESS! What better way to start off a day then at the Guinness Storehouse.


Encased behind thick glass, a copy of the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness is available for viewing in the main hall after you enter. The building is setup as a self-guided tour as you learn all about the brewing history of Guinness, how it gets the unique Guinness taste, marketing history, and more!

Soon after you start, a large water feature harnesses your attention. It unfortunately has water flowing through it and not Guinness. Guinness itself start back in 1759 at the St. James Gate Brewery and has since evolved into this massive 64 acre complex.

Before you make your way into the Guinness Academy, you’re greeted with a hallway straight out of a disco which leads you into the Guinness tasting room.


Encased behind thick glass, a copy of the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness is available for viewing in the main hall after you enter. The building is setup as a self-guided tour as you learn all about the brewing history of Guinness, how it gets the unique Guinness taste, marketing history, and more!

Soon after you start, a large water feature harnesses your attention. It unfortunately has water flowing through it and not Guinness. Guinness itself start back in 1759 at the St. James Gate Brewery and has since evolved into this massive 64 acre complex.

Before you make your way into the Guinness Academy, you’re greeted with a hallway straight out of a disco which leads you into the Guinness tasting room.

At the Guinness Academy, you are shown how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness and then hop on the taps to pour your own! If you pour the perfect pint, you’re presented with your own certificate to show off to all your friends.

The Storehouse covers seven floors for your perusal and the top floor is basically the highest spot in Dublin giving you quite the panoramic vista. The buildings glass atrium is shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness to boot, a great spot to enjoy your perfectly poured pint of Guinness.


With a healthy dose of Guinness it was off to see the Museum of the dead. Upon having troubles locating it I asked a pair of officers as to its location. They said not to bother with it and if you want to experience Ireland then to visit the Archeological museum instead which was around the corner. Figuring why not… it was off to see some old stuff instead.


The museum covered not only the history of Ireland but also had a couple areas showcasing the finds around the world.


One of the most unique things I’ve seen, the museum houses the Old Croghan Man. It is a well preserved body found in an Irish bog in 2003. His last meal which was analyzed from the contents in his stomach showed him to have eaten wheat and buttermilk. It is believed the man perished around 300 BCE making him over 2,000 years old!


Still wanting to see the animals I went off to the Museum of Natural History, also called the Dead Zoo.


The museum showcases over 10,000 exhibits and even more not on display. It boasts walls breaming of little glass jars to huge skeletons of animals that no longer walk the earth. If you’ve ever wanted to see more animals then you could shake a stick at, this is your place. I don’t believe there is a place in the world that has a larger showcased exhibit of animals that walked or flew on this earth.


The next stop was the Kilmainham Gaol prison which was first built in 1796.


Kilmainham had persistent problems with overcrowding up to its decommissioning by the Irish Free State in 1924. There was no segregation of prisoners. Men women and children were all incarcerated up to 5 in each cell with only a single candle given to them for light and heat. Each candle had to last for two weeks so prisoners were often left in the cold darkness.


Kilmainham was opened at a time when hangings were frequent and there was not much sympathy for children committing crimes. The youngest ever arrested and thrown into the general population was said to be as young as seven years old.

Kilmainham Gaol is said to be one of the most important Irish monuments of this period. In the struggle for Irish independence, this proved to be the site of incarceration of every significant Irish leader in the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867, and 1916.


The Cross marks the spot where the Irish heroes Eamonn Ceannt, Tom Clarke, Cornelius Colbert, James Connolly, Edward Daly, Sean Mac Diarmada, Sean J. Heuston, Michael Mallin, Major John McBride, Thomas McDonough, Michael O'Hanrahan, Patrick Pearse, William Pearse and Joseph Plunkett met their end.

The Easter Rising is rightfully judged as the most inspiration event in the creation of the Irish Republic.


Time to drop off the rental! I figured washing all of the cow dung and road grim would have been good so they don’t come back later for hidden damages… Turns out that was a silly idea. It barely got the dirt off and the cow dung was basically glued on. The wheels look like someone just took a swipe at them and I ended up dropping it off as probably the dirtiest car I saw in Dublin for the entire time I was there. Success!





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