Marysia's DUBLIN Blog - 2.10.11

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Theresa Moynes, Marysia Zipser, Claire Garvey

Places we visited -

  • Ashton heritage centre, Phoenix Park

  • Farmleigh House and Park Estate (1500 acres+) with house tour, Phoenix Park

  • Trinity College to see Book of Kells Museum, Long Room Library and Museum Building

  • Chester Beatty Library

  • Grounds of Dublin castle

  • Claire Garvey shop

Farmleigh House

Up early to take Senna for his daily walk at Farmleigh park. Such a beautiful park, wonderful trees and landscaping. We had 10.30am appt at Farmleigh House (original home of the Guinness family) with tour guide Don and what a fascinating and enlightening time it was.

Such an historic house and now the Official State guesthouse so international Royalty, heads of state and leading politicians have stayed there over the years.

​I think the latest ones were Prince Harry and Megan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Ashton Heritage Centre is based in the stable block

Afterwards we went to the Boathouse Cafe overlooking the lake for a piece of cake and coffee, and Theresa bumped into an old friend so we talked some blarney!

​The Ashton Heritage Centre is based in the stable block of Farmleigh and beautifully converted into B&B units. And there’s a gallery close by but we didn’t have time to pop in.

We then took the tram into the centre of Dublin and alighted near Trinity College.

The Long Room Library, Trinity College, Dublin

Wow, what a place! University of Dublin was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Keith, Theresa’s eldest son, met us there and led us into the Book of Kells Museum with his free entry pass. What a blast this place is and so so beautiful.

“The Book of Kells is a lavishly decorated Gospel manuscript produced by Irish monks, probably on the Island of Iona, near Scotland, around the year 800.”