Tuesday, June 24th
We left Belfast with our sites on Dublin to finish our vacation. But first we set off to visit the Newgrange tomb. Newgrange was constructed over 5,000
years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The Knowth and Dowth tombs are
similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a Irish World Heritage Site. No pictures were allowed inside the tomb, but as the tour
guide turned off the lights and simulated the sun rising. It literally took our breath away. It was moving to think we were standing in a place built that many
years ago with such precision and focus on the sun!
We drove on into Dublin and tried to locate our Hotel the Clontarf Castle Hotel. We proceeded to get lost, which I did each day in Dublin. Very confusing
city to navigate. Once we found our hotel, we had to tour this once Castle converted into a Hotel and modernized. We stayed in the newer addition. The
key wall behind the front desk was pretty neat. The whole place was pretty cool with different restaurants and bars to choose from.
Jumped back into the car and drove into downtown Dublin during rush hour. This was a nightmare and we could not find a parking space soon enough. It
was much easier to walk around than to drive around. We sought out the Temple Bar area for dinner. We also located the main drag of O’Connell street.
As the sun set (with clear skies), we found our way back to the Castle for some rest before taking on the big city of Dublin tomorrow. We crossed the
Ha'Penny foot bridge, so named because that is what is used to cost to cross the bridge.