Guinness is not just beer. The Guinness Family built an industrial dynasty bringing life back to Dublin providing jobs for thousands of people.
Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in 1759 at the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin. On 31 December 1759, he signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum.
– Guinness Fact
Brewers, in this blog post, is not referring to coffee. (Rare instance for me… I know.)
Right above the turtle is a machine called “Iron Man”… so I technically met the original Iron Man.
Do you know what “Cooperage” is?!?
I do now. Look it up. It’s neat.
I loved the smells of this tour. Fresh roasted Barley and thousand of gallons a water rushing through the story upon story of steel. The curator of this Storehouse museum exhibition is genius! Bravo for making a topic of little personal interest to me, into an amazing and memorable experience! Thank you.
1. Order the Day Pass on your phone BEFORE you come to Dublin. Then when you are downtown be sure to stop by the information center for a physical booklet. So worth it!
2. Check the parking BEFORE you drive into town so you can avoid parking at the expensive lot a block away from the less expensive lot.
Once I got over these momentary light afflictions… as you are about to see… it was an EPIC (Pun intended day).
Our adventures from the day deserve their own posts… coming soon!
1. The Guinness Factory Tour
2. The Hop On/Hop Off Bus
3. Trinity College & The Book of Kells
4. EPIC Immigration Museum
And, of course, we ended the day with a proper Irish Feast! My sister highly recommended eating at the pub across from Molly Malone.
O’Neill’s pub is amazing! The Cafeteria Style “Carvery” threw me off, but don’t be fooled by the lack of formality. It was absolutely brilliant to be able to see the succulent, steaming, hearty Irish options before selecting. I happily went with the steak & Guinness pie with potatoes and carrots.
I must to sleep… tomorrow we drive across the country to Killarney by way of Limerick!
Minnesota Nice is a way of life. It’s knowing that my cousins will figure out how to pick me up from the airport and make sure there is good food and a warm place to sleep, no matter when I decide to drop in.
It’s also running an errand to meet a friend of my cousins and having her pull fresh baked banana bread out of her hat to serve with apple cider… with no notice.
How a story read 25 years ago brought me to Folsom, CA today:
In the mid 80’s, (possibly earlier), Suzanne Swanson, gave my Mother, the 4 book, boxed set of George MacDonald’s fantasy and fairy stories for children. The books have bright covers in red, black, purple, and blue. The 4 books listed are compilations titled, The Wise Woman, The Golden Key, The Grey Wolf, and The Light Princess. My mother read them and enjoyed them for the most part, adding them to the family library.
At 10 years old, I had just started homeschooling and I was already a voracious reader. Mom pulled the set out of the family library and gifted it to me. Little did I know how these stories would influence my imagination and 25 years later I’d attend a conference focusing on the writings of George MacDonald.
What a delight to enjoy the communion and fellowship of people from all over the states who want to understand God as our Father as shown through the writings of George MacDonald.
It started with a gift of a story between friends and has grown to the gift of friends with even more stories.