It started with a bus journey into the City.
Retracing the scenes from my childhood
The building is so much brighter than I remember as a child. Where have all the queues gone? Perhaps they are all sitting on the internet!
Cards, but no Post cards?
It was back to the street
I selected some post cards
Bought the stamps
Then sent the cards on their merry way and headed back to the streets
I thought of Corky
Remembered the sounds of Moore Street and the Street traders. The shouts in my head of “Truppence (3 pence) each the oranges, or five for a shilling!” A Shilling was 12 old pennies.
I met a few ladies. This piece is called ‘Meeting Place’. Built in 1988 by Jakki McKenna, the statues capture a slice of everyday life in the city centre. Unlike other statues that are serious in nature, this particular statue is light-hearted as it celebrates the ordinary and mundane.
We crossed the Halfpenny Bridge, a pedestrian bridge across the River Liffey. In days of yore there was a toal of a Halfpenny to cross this bridge
The view from the halfpenny Bridge, looking towards O’Connell Bridge.
Into Temple Bar, a very lively spot these days with street musicians and ideal for people watching.
On through Temple Bar with it’s individual and unusual shops
To Wicklow street and a treat…
And this time I meet the man himself… I was anxious to catch up with Kieran once more.
Having guided me through the various flavours and knowing from the book how much cream and milk are involved, I chose a raspberry sorbet, my sister chose Rum and Raisin ice cream. We sat in the cool comfort of the shop to enjoy our little pleasures and rest our feet. Naturally I wanted a photo with a good looking Toyboy so Kieran posed with me next the wood lined wall. This is no ordinary wood – it came from an Amish Barn in Pennsylvania!
Now you have enough for one day. More to follow!