Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 18: Leinster House, Tea Time!

Leinster House

This is Part 18 of our Ireland Trip blog, and our walking history tour with Garvan. We call this blog: Leinster House and Garvan is the "Dublin Tour Guide" and you can find him at

WHAT IS THE LEINSTER HOUSE? - Leinster House is the seat of the Oireachtas, the parliament of Ireland. Leinster House was originally the ducal palace of the Dukes of Leinster.

WHEN WAS IT BUILT? - According to, The house was originally known as Kildare House after James Fitzgerald, the Earl of Kildare, who commissioned it to be built between 1745-47: James Fitzgerald set out to create the stateliest of Dublin Georgian Mansions to reflect his eminent position in Irish society.  

Tom, Garvan and Tob
INTERESTING FACTOID - It has been claimed that it formed a model for the design of the White House, 

TEA TIME! - The day of our walking tour with Garvan was a crazy, rainy, cold, windy day. So, after we finished walking around in the rain, we stopped for an elegant afternoon tea and scones in a very impressive hotel lobby. We can't remember the name of it, but we have picture of it!


Although we didn't get in the Leinster House, we can give you a 4 minute tour of what's inside through this video:
Tea time at this elegant hotel

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