Friday, January 24, 2014

2013 Ireland - Day Three - Dublin Free Walking Tour

The other Clemson people that we had randomly run into on our first day in Dublin had suggested that we do the free walking tour offered by our hostel.  They had done the tour in London and said that it was really good because the tour guides were working hard for tips.  Our hostels, Jacobs Inn and Isaac's Hostel are brother hostels, so the tour was for both of them which worked out perfectly.  We started from our hostel, Jacob's Inn and then picked up the group from Isaac's Hostel.

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Unfortunately, I cannot recall the name of our guide, but he was really entertaining.  He was very knowledgeable about the history of Dublin but was also sarcastic (most Irishmen I met were very sarcastic) and funny.



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The Father Pat Noise plaque was actually a hoax.  It was placed there in 2004 by pranksters, but wasn't discovered until 2006.  Ironically, it was covered in the Sunday Tribune, and the Dublin City Council claimed that the work was a tribute to their father.  When its fate of removal was announced, people laid flowers by the plaque.  A meeting of the council in December 2006 determined that the plaque should remain in place.

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At the end of the tour, our guide said that he appreciated tips, but he wasn't super aggressive about it.  We tipped him 5 Euros per person.  He then offered to walk us toward the Guinness Warehouse where we were headed next.