Dublin easily keeps a traveler busy. While we explored Dublin, we took in an assortment of traveler’s delights.
“Some experiences we enjoyed while in Dublin included the Kilmainham Gaol, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, An Evening of Food, Folklore, and Fairies @ Brazen Head pub, Temple Bar area, St. Ann’s Church, Phoenix Park, O’Connell Street, Millennium Spire, The Bank Restaurant, Trinity College, The Book of Kells, Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours, and the Hop-On/Hop-Off Dublin Tour.”
AN EVENING OF FOOD, FOLKLORE, AND FAIRIES
This experience was by far one of the best we’ve had while traveling. Knowing that we would learn a bit about Irish history, eat in the oldest pub in Ireland (Brazen Head est. 1198), and hear tales about fairies, we were prepared to enjoy the evening. We weren’t prepared to be inspired. The Brazen Head pub in itself provided an experience, but about half hour after our arrival we became part of the building’s history – one of many who enjoyed storytelling and food.
What makes this event so wonderful is the intertwining of food, music, and stories – all spread over the evening in their own time. First, the storyteller came into the dining room to introduce himself to the guests and outlined what’s to come. We had the privilege of spending the evening with the ever-so-wonderful storyteller Johnny. After the introduction, we ordered our food and beverage and talked to our table-mates. A little while later, Johnny came into the room and educated us about Irish history and how the country was affected by the Potato Famine in the mid-1800s. Shortly after his charming history segment, we enjoyed an appetizer and continued chatting with our table-mates.
Johnny came back in as appetizers were finished and proceeded to tell us some Irish folklore, and just how deep the folklore roots grow. Immediately after the folklore laughs and entertainment, the main course arrived as well as two musicians. Traditional Irish song burst throughout the room by the men who not only brought musical talent, but their Irish wit. Dessert and Johnny arrived to provide us with the final round of evening. WOW, what an experience. This fine dance of food, folklore, and fairies is a MUST DO if you visit Dublin!
NOTEWORTHY DUBLIN RANDOMNESS
What’s next? Blarney Castle