22 May 2013, Wednesday
I know I’ve been saying this was the day I got my Dublin-Girl Card, but we could just as easily have called it the Day of the Clocks. I noticed this when I was pulling the photos I’d use in the two preceding posts.
Have a look! (And don’t forget, you can click on any photo to zoom in.)
We walked down Henry Street, a major shopping district. Here’s a clock at Arnotts Department Store. Arnotts is the oldest and largest department store in Dublin, and this is the flaghip store. I liked the orange building.
We also walked to St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral (possibly before I took that photo at Arnotts, but who’s keeping score?). Across the street there was a clock on the Department of Education and Skills.
When we got to O’Connell Street, I looked both ways. First, this shot is interesting because there are two. (The distant clock is at Clerys, and we’ll get to it in a moment.) The nearer clock, the red one, is over Carrolls Irish Gifts (that is, one of the zillions of shops selling trinkets to the tourists). Lir is a brand of Irish chocolate, named after Lir, the sea god in Irish mythology (see The Children of Lir). Interesting marketing.
Behind me there was McDowell’s Jewellers—founded in 1870. The Happy Ring House, which you’ll recall from a previous post.
We crossed O’Connell Street to the GPO. When we came out, I took this one. I think it’s lovely, with the harp on top.
Then I turned around and stepped out to the curb to take this one of the Clerys clock—a trysting place in Dublin for generations. (“I’ll meet you under Clerys’ clock,” they say.)
By the time we turned up the street to go to Eason’s bookshop, I’d begun to notice that I had a lot of photos of clocks. So this one had to be shot too.
And that’s how the day went. Well-timed. 🙂