If you’re one of the lucky ones heading to the most fun picnic on the planet, then pat yourselves on the back because tickets to the Electric Picnic Festival running at Stradbally in Laois from 2nd -4th September have sold out. While your weekend is well taken care of, by the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Lana Del Rey and the Dublin Gospel Choir, here is a quick Eat, See & Do for the week that follows if you’re also visiting Dublin.
If you’re one of the people that happen to think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the most indulgent, then head to Whitefriar Grill at 16 Aungier Street to wolf down truffle egg toast and lobster hash browns. If instead, you prefer to brunch and prefer something more traditional, head to Odessa for full Irish breakfast or the Smoked Salmon Odessa. Gerry’s Coffee Shop at 6 Montague St is easy on the pocket and open from 8 am. No website or twitter page here. Moving rapidly to lunch, The Camden Kitchen is considered Dublin dining at its best and offers a modern twist on traditional Irish fare. I am frothing at the mouth for Salt Cod Croquettes, Gold River Farm Leaves, Bayonne Ham and Confit Duck Leg, Smoked Sausage & Lentils Casserole, Black Pudding. For homestyle favorites, head to The Farm and if you love your burgers, Jo Burger is your temple. Hozier fans should then head to Bello Bar to catch his old band Nova Collective for after dinner drinks and some head nodding. Please note that most pubs close at 11:30 pm on weeknights and 1:00 am on weekends.
Begin your day with a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland, which houses over 2,500 paintings including masterpieces by Vermeer and Caravaggio. For a more alternative experience you could check out the bog people at The National Museum of Archeology, eerily preserved to perfection. History buffs and bookworms should head to Trinity College Dublin to feast your eyes on the Book of Kells. Written around the year 800 AD, it is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. Its 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels was written by Irish monks and later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings. If you love the Vikings then …
Take the Viking Splash tours. Between 837 AD and 917 AD sixty Viking long ships invaded the area around the Poddle and LIffey estuary and decided to settle. Between 917 and 1014, Dublin was the Vikings largest city; ergo no better person to take you around Dublin than a Viking. So take the yellow amphibious vehicle and discover Dublin’s Viking past and end it all with a cruise.
Do- Order a Guinness and do it at the Guinness Storehouse, a former Guinness fermentation plant that has been remodeled into a shape of a giant pint of Guinness.
Lovers of poetry should check out some of Seamus Heaney’s bog poems before they head to see the Bog People. Maybe you’ll have better luck understanding the beautiful lines than Reshma Krishnan, who says the poet made her ‘A’ level English a nightmare.