Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 3: Dublin: St. George's Arcade/Comics/Equality Mural/ EQUALITY WINNING

St. George's Arcade
It's Day 1 of our trip to Ireland and we stayed in Dublin. After waking from a nap, we explored a little of the city on foot before taking a bus tour. You'll read about the bus tour tomorrow. In this blog you'll learn about George's Street Arcade and some other cool things.

**SPECIAL NOTE: Today, May 23rd, Ireland is still counting the votes, but with about 60% counted, 71% of Irelanders voted YES to AMENDING the country's constitution to include gay marriage. (Sadly, the U.S. has a LONG way to go).  According to the IRISH TIMES TODAY, "Not only has Ireland has agreed to same-sex marriage, it has done so in a louder voice than many could have imagined, carried on the back of a remarkable turnout and an engagement by younger people not seen in years. The campaign became about more than just same-sex marriage. It became a debate about the place of the gay community in Irish society and the country’s acceptance of it."  VOTERS HAVE BASICALLY SAID, "WELCOME TO IRELAND, WHERE EVERYONE IS EQUAL AND WE WON'T BE BULLIED BY RELIGION TO HATE OTHERS." (The Catholic church was a large part of the "No" campaign). 
(In the words of Betty Bowers - "How embarrassing! Quaint Ireland shows backwards America what it’s like to WANT equality for all citizens, rather than being forced by courts to be fair to them.")

   ABOUT DUBLIN - Dublin is about 44 square miles. It's a very busy city (the busiest in Ireland and is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. It's located on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. 
  The first thing we noticed on the map is that the River Liffey runs from west to east, dissecting "northern Dublin" from the rest of Dublin. About 2/3rds of the city's attractions are on the south side but we explored both! 
  Dublin's medieval buildings include 13th-century Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. The Temple Bar is south of the river and is one of countless pubs. It's a central attraction, although we didn't go inside. Dublin has a lot of "buskers" or street performers (and we learned that there's a new law preventing them from using speakers). There's a lot of shopping areas, and we even found a mall there, too.

Shops in St. George's Arcade
ST GEORGE'S ARCADE - This is a shopping center on South Great George's Street in Dublin. It is a Victorian style red-bricked indoor market of stalls and stores. It opened in 1881 as the South City Markets. There are a lot of vendors in here selling things from wool (of course) scarves and sweaters to food, to paintings, pictures, jewelry and more.A Previous visitor shot a 3 minute video and posted it on YouTube, if you want a walking tour through it. It's exactly what we saw! (Just click here)

LUNCHTIME! - As I mentioned in an earlier blog, the cost of food in Ireland is expensive, so we went to a nearby supermarket, got pre-packaged sandwiches and bottles of iced tea and had a cheap and tasty lunch.

Sub-City Comics
Tom and Rob in Dublin
SUB-CITY COMICS!  - One of the first stores that caught my (Rob) eye was Sub-City Comics on Dame Street in Dublin. Of course, I had to go inside. Since I've been reading and collecting comics since 1974, I picked up a couple there. The store was loaded with graphic novels, new comics and all kinds of toys. It was a great way (for me) to start our trip to Ireland.

The Marriage Equality Mural in Dublin (defaced)
THE MARRIAGE EQUALITY MURAL One of the things that Tom learned about before we went to Dublin was a marriage equality mural on the side of a downtown building. We weren't sure where it was located, but it turned out to be around the corner from the Comics Shop.
  The enormous four-story mural of two men embracing by Irish illustrator and street artist Joe Caslin went up overnight on April 11th on South Great Georges Street in downtown Dublin, meant to be a "poignant representation of same-sex love in the city" ahead of the Irish marriage referendum on May 22. However, by the time we saw it, the conservative right-wing nuts had destroyed part of it. SIGH.
  To see what it looked like, CLICK HERE.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next