Ireland — Dublin; Pearse Lyons Distillery


St. Patrick’s Tower, a former tower mill about 1,200 feet/365 meters east of Pearse Lyons Distillery:

I mentioned in last Wednesday’s blog article that I would be showing you more of the Pearse Lyons Distillery. Well, today’s the day. This is the main tour entrance, which is next door to the converted St. James’ Church, which Mr. Pearse Lyons purchased in 2014:

But let’s head on over to St. James’ and look around. When you first enter you’re into the narthex (atrium) and nave (central) portions of the converted church you’ll pass through these mini store façades and displays for various Pearse Lyons whiskeys.

And here are some of Pearse Lyons’ products, which by the way include both Irish whiskey and gin:

Time to mosey on to the west end of the church and head into the chancel. Which, as we all know, is the business end of both a church and a distillery, right?

Sitting upon the elevated area once used as the altar is an old-style still:

And what’s that above and behind the still? It looks like rather nontraditional stained glass to me:

Let’s take a closer look at that:

It appears that not all the stained glass has been replaced with a distillery theme, however. That is until you consider that grain is vital to the making of whiskeys and gins:

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Fun Photo Friday — Dublin Favorites Part 1


Danishness in Bright Yellow

Including this week, I’ll be running a total of four weeks’ worth of articles on Dublin before we continue on to another Irish destination. That means this week’s Fun Photo Friday is the first of four featuring Dublin favorites.

Reflections on Dublin
Wings and Fascio
Dublin Color
Lookin’ Down the Street
Whiskey in Glass at the Old Church

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Ireland — Dublin; Getting Our Bearings


Let’s continue where we left off on Monday. That would be Ha’penny Bridge on the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland:

River Liffey as seen from Ha’penny Bridge

And as I mentioned on Monday, Ha’penny Bridge is a great place to just people watch for a bit:

Pedestrians on Ha’penny Bridge

Heading into the Temple Bar district you’ll find a lot of great places to eat:

Street-side menu

By the way, our favorite restaurant in this area is Quays Irish Restaurant — reasonably priced with great Irish cuisine and even better Irish beer (forget the Guinness; instead try Smithwick’s ruby-red Irish ale).

The locals look down on Temple Bar, with many considering it the tourist area, but I still saw many locals there despite those claims. It’s certainly a happening spot with lots of color, but make sure you price out the restaurants and avoid the pricey bars.

Temple Bar — Loud and colorful
Temple Bar on display

Our hotel was in this area, and we loved it. The rates were affordable, the digs comfortable, and the location superb. It was the colorfully appointed Blooms Hotel:

Blooms Hotel
Blooms Hotel

By now many of you are aware that both Ursula and I are avid fans of Hop-on/Hop-off busses. There’s not much better in most cities for getting one’s bearings and figuring out what one want’s to visit more in depth. So, after hoofing it about O’Connell Street Lower and a bite to eat we took our first Hop-on/Hop-off ride. Along the ride we passed beneath a foot bridge spanning market street that connects two structures at the Guinness Storehouse:

Guinness Storehouse bridge over Market Street

A short hop later and we found a destination we had to hit, and which you’ll see more in-depth next Monday. This is the Pearse Lyons Distillery, which is housed in the old St. James’ Church and a more modern adjacent structure:

St. James’ Church is now part of the Pearse Lyons Distillery
Pearse Lyons Distillery amidst the church cemetery

Now let’s head back into Temple Bar for one last image:

M.J. O’Neill’s in Temple Bar

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