St. Patricks Day 2015 may be over, but my love for beer is not!
When it comes to beer, I love it! However, it wasn’t always that way. Before living in Ghana back in 2008, I despised beer and you wouldn’t never catch me drinking it…well drinking and liking it that is. But, while living in Ghana, I fell in love with beer. I guess it’s true that our tastebuds change. Now, there is nothing quite like cracking open a beer on a hot summer day.
Out of all the beer I’ve ever tried, Guinness is my go to. I love the dark, rich, creamy, satisfying deliciousness that is Guinness. Although I love the beer, I have yet to try a “real” Guinness (as I’ve frequently been told) in the country where it originates from. Travelling to Dublin, Ireland to consume several stouts of Guinness is on my “to do” list and if you’re a Guinness drinker, I’m assuming it’s on yours also.
No visit to Dublin is complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse where you can take a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guinness brand and company. There are seven floors that showcase the rich heritage of Guinness, telling the story from its origins to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world.
Not only does Dublin have countless pints of Guinness waiting for you to consume, but there is an immense philanthropic and architectural legacy of the Guinness family on the city throughout the years to discover. You can take a walk though the Dublin city centre from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Trinity College, with iconic stops in between:
Dublin Castle is situated in the very heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets its name from the Dubh Linn or Black Pool (dubh = black), on the site of the present Castle Gardens and Coach House. The Castle stands on the high ridge, the highest ground in the locality, at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary, the (now underground) Poddle, which formed a natural boundary on two sides. In the 1770s, Arthur Guinness was appointed brewer to Dublin Castle, the seat of government in Ireland at that time.
Tucked modestly into the curved wall that runs along the side of St Patrick’s Cathedral – is one of the greatest jewels in Dublin’s historical crown. Built in 1701 by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, it was Ireland’s first public library. Contributions made by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness ensured the restoration of the library including a new entrance, which can still be seen today.
Iveagh Trust Buildings
The impact of Sir Edward Cecil Guinness’s philanthropic activity has had a huge impact on the city of Dublin. In 1890, he established a major philanthropic trust to provide housing and related amenities for working class people in Dublin. He replaced old tenement buildings in Dublin City Centre around St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He was also responsible for the establishment of the Iveagh Market, which was the first indoor market in Dublin, the Iveagh Hostel providing accommodation for 500 men, the Iveagh Baths, the Iveagh Play Centre for local children’s recreation and instruction, and St. Patrick’s Park. Edward Cecil Guinness was awarded the title of Lord Iveagh by Queen Victoria as a result of his charitable deeds.
The University of Dublin, Trinity College, founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland. Trinity College is the sole constituent college of the University. The Guinness name and college are inextricably linked. For example, the Guinness Harp, known the world over, is actually based on the Brian Boru harp preserved in Trinity. Lore states that Trinity allowed Guinness to use the harp which appears in the Trinity coat of arms as part of their logo, and in return the Guinness company agreed to provide free Guinness with Commons in perpetuity. Various Guinness family members have served as Chancellors of Trinity College over the years.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Saint Patrick on his journey through Ireland is said to have passed through Dublin. In a well close to where the cathedral now stands, he is reputed to have baptized converts from paganism to Christianity. To commemorate his visit, a small wooden church was built on this site, one of the four Celtic parish churches in Dublin. In 1860 a complete restoration of the cathedral commenced, funded by Arthur Guinness’s grandson, Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness. His restorations included the rebuilding of the south wall, the addition of the south porch and the replacement of the perpendicular west window with a three light Early English window. A large statue of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness stands at the entrance to the Cathedral.
St. Stephen’s Green
St. Stephen’s Green is a 27-acre park in the heart of Dublin city centre. It was originally open public ground until 1663 when the Corporation fenced the area off. The green was then sold and the ground was closed to the public. It was during this time that the Georgian houses around the Green were built. The Green remained private ground until 1877 when Sir Arthur Edward Guinness pushed an act through Parliament making the Green open to the public once again. He later paid for the laying out of the Green including the gardens and the ponds which date from 1880. A statue of Sir Arthur Edward Guinness or Lord Ardilaun can be seen in the Green today.
Iveagh House and Gardens
Iveagh House, now home to the Department of Foreign Affairs, was once owned and later donated to the Irish State by the Guinness Family. Although you cannot visit the house itself, the Iveagh Gardens behind the building are a must see while in Dublin. The gardens were designed by Ninian Niven in 1865 as an intermediate design between the “French Formal” and the “English Landscape” styles.
Have you been to any of the places I mentioned above?
Since Guinness is awesome and so are you, I’m giving away a Guinness Storehouse Prize Pack to one of you! Share below one of your favourite memories of all time that you’be had while drinking Guinness (if you can remember). I’ll be choosing one of you to send the following prize pack to a week from today (Monday, April 14th, 2015). Good luck!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Guinness Storehouse, however all content & opinions are entirely my own.