Hearty breakfast at Fitzwilliam, then off to do our own walking tour of Dublin.
First stop, the camera shop, where we got Daisy a pair of binoculars and soft case for her camera. Then on to the recommended gent shop, Louis Copeland, where Ged got himself properly togged out with trews and belts. While they were being altered, we did the rest of Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and looked at The Abbey and The Gate theatres, the cathedral and then back taking a short detour to McDaid’s for a quick drink.
We grabbed the swag and dumped it at the hotel and then out again to look at the pictures around St Stephen’s Green – Janie took to Liz Leavey’s work and indeed Liz herself. Walked to Merrion Square and then back round the other side of Trinity supping coffee outdoors in a nice place and then buying a cardy for Daisy and a scarf for Ged. We visited at the Sheridan’s cheesemongers before returning to get dressed up for the evening.
Then off to walk to Bernard & Siobhan’s house, which is in the shadow of Lansdowne Road Aviva Stadium, Vavasour Square, southeast of town out towards Sandybanks. It took about 30 minutes to walk and they seem surprised we’d walked it despite the lovely weather.
We met the little ones and then headed off in a cab for a quick pub stop almost by the Merrion, O’Donoghue’s, and then on to L’Ecrivain restaurant for a fine meal. Lobster starter (apart from Daisy who had foie gras) then main course of turbot for Ged, pork for Daisy, some other fish for Bernard, chicken for Siobhan – who also had a chocolate desert but the rest of us felt full and just finished our wine. Cabs from Baggot Street home a full but very enjoyable day.