Despite the last name of “Brogan” I have never been to Ireland and with my preference for Latin countries I never had any intention to visit any time soon. However, life had other plans for me and so when an opportunity for work came up just outside Dublin I decided to stay for a week and see what the fuss was all about.
Luckily my first experience was staying in Bansha Castle and it was exactly what I needed to get into good spirits. I was not happy about the constant rain but with fireplaces it was really cozy and I could have spent much more time there.
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Everyone raves about Dublin so I stayed a few extra days to discover Dublin shooting only with my phone. I had hoped the rain would stop but it seemed that was not in the cards for me. And I figured I could complain about it or just get outside and see the city.
First thing out the door was this tattoo and barber shop, odd combination but the hipster in me really likes it.
The rain stopped and while it was cloudy it was actually a nice autumn day and as The Book of Kells is on the “must-do” list in Dublin I headed over to see it. Trinity College itself is quite lovely, but when I saw the line-up I spun on my boot heels. Sorry but I’m not waiting in line for an hour to look at a book – next time Dublin.
Finally the sun came out! The city is quite walkable and so I spent much of it wandering the streets and Dublin started to grow on me. But a week was not nearly enough time, I didn’t fall in love with Dublin nor feel a connection to my ancestors but I did decide that I would return to discover more of why everyone loves Ireland.