Kilmainham, Jameson, and Penny's

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Because Kat had work to do on Monday and I had a strong desire to sit around in my pjs, we sent Brent and Miranda on a day trip down to Cork.  I heard they had a lovely time so I definitely plan on getting down there some time in the next few months.

Inside Kilmainham
On Tuesday Kat was off to class while Brent, Miranda, and myself continued our tour of Dublin.  We started at Kilmainham Gaol (gaol = jail). This is where many of the political prisoners were kept during the uprisings and civil war and where several of the leaders of the Easter Rebellion were executed.  Many people during the famine would also intentionally commit crimes in hopes that they would get sent to Kilmainham where they would have a greater chance of getting food than if they were not in jail.  As it is with most jails, it was a somber place that gave you a much better understanding of the history of this country.

Our next stop after Kilmainham was the Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery.  While I'm guessing the Guinness tour is the more popular alcohol related tour to do in Dublin,  I have to say I enjoyed Jamesons tour more.  The tour itself was shorter but if you volunteer you can do a whiskey tasting where they give you shots of Jameson, Jack Daniels, and Johnnie Walker and let you compare the three.  Jameson was my favorite of the three with Jack and then Johnnie coming in third.
My certificate for completing the whiskey tasting!

Because it was just around the corner we made a quick pit-stop in The Brazen Head which is over 800 years old and is famous for being the oldest pub in Ireland.
The Brazen Head
Even though we were starving by this point we only had an hour before we were supposed to meet Kat for dinner so instead we headed down to Henry Street where I introduced Miranda to Penny's.  I'm not positive but I think that may have been the highlight of her trip to Ireland.  I pointed her to the store while I went to find a bathroom and later found her wandering aimlessly with clothing piled up to her chin looking simultaneous disoriented and ecstatic.

After a whirlwind hour in Penny's were off to dinner and then back home to get some rest for our early morning trip on Wednesday.

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