We left Cork….for Dublin. The reason? The Dublin Marathon. Mike’s second marathon of the year. We stayed on O’Connell Street, right by the GPO, the centre of the 1916 Easter Rising.
General Post Office, Dublin
The street has changed over the years. One of the new additions in the Spire, erected on the site of Nelson’s Column. It’s one of the world’s largest sculptures and was built to mark the start of the new millennium.
Sun shining on the Spire
Statue of Charles Stewart Parnell on O'Connell Street
The statue of Parnell is at the top of the street, which runs onto Parnell Street, where the Garden of Remembrance is. It is home to an Oisin Kelly sculpture depicting the Children of Lir.
Children of Lir in the Garden of Remembrance
Next up on our short trip was a visit to the revamped Docklands area. We hopped on the Luas to see the Sunday market by the O2 arena.
Big Wheel, Dublin Docklands
It might look nice and sunny, but it was cold! So there was time for a hot chocolate.
Monday came and so did the main reason why we were there….the marathon! I got my place by the finish line nice and early. I was there on time to see the winner come in. Kenyan Moses Kangogo Kibet beat the course record of 2.09.07, with a PB time of 2.08.58.
Moses Kangogo Kibet
I’d some time to wait for Mike, and no trip to Dublin would be complete without seeing Molly Malone by Trinity College.
And a couple of hours later, it was all over!
There were some of these…..
Nice, cold beer in Temple Bar
…….and a slow stroll home!
Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin