Monthly Archives: October 2015

Dublin

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Celtic Cross

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Shamrock

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Trinity knot

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Harp

 

 

 

 

 

GNewman (17 of 35)When one thinks of the symbols of Ireland, they think of the Harp, Shamrock, Celtic Cross and the Trinity Knot among others. To me, a symbol that is most recognizable to more people would a pint of Guinness. Guinness is named after Arthur Guinness who started brewing Guinness in Dublin in St James Gate in 1759. The brewery, in succeeding years, grew to be one of the most popular beers in the world.

In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of Guinness Breweries was bird hunting with friends near Dublin. After missing the shot, the group had an argument that continued into the evening over which was the fastest game bird. Realizing there was no authoritative source to resolve this or the numerous other questions that were debated in pubs, the idea was born to have a book which was published in 1954- The Guinness Book of Records.

Guinness is referred to as “pints of the black stuff” but in reality it is not black but a dark shade of red that comes from roasting malted barley. Its think creamy head comes from mixing the beer with nitrogen as it is poured. Based on personal testing, I think it is great and after drinking samples in various locations around the globe, believe the best place to drink a pint of the black stuff is at a public house in Dublin. Continue reading »

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Northern Ireland

 

GNewman-15The Republic of Northern Ireland is located on the NE side of the Island of Ireland. When you cross between the countries, there are no border control points and I didn’t notice any change in signage or “welcome to”. The landscape looks similar to southern and western portions of the island but my perception is that there are small differences, i.e. the roads seem to be better in Northern Ireland, it seems more industrialized, and I noticed fewer stone fences and picturesque settings, but that could just be me. Continue reading »

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