A Timely Postscript

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.

Arnotts, Henry Street. Almost two o’clock!

Arnotts, Henry Street. Almost two o’clock!

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.

The Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street. I believe this clock must be out of order, because at 9:30 that day we were still at our hotel.

The Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street. I believe this clock must be out of order, because at 9:30 that day we were still at our hotel.

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.

The clock at Carrolls on O’Connell Street. Again, almost two.

The clock at Carrolls on O’Connell Street. Again, almost two.

Behind me there was McDowell’s Jewellers—founded in 1870. The Happy Ring House, which you’ll recall from a previous post.

McDowell’s, O’Connell Street. Two o’clock straight up!

McDowell’s, O’Connell Street. Two o’clock straight up!

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.

At the GPO, O’Connell Street. 2:25pm.

At the GPO, O’Connell Street. 2:25pm.

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.)

Clerys, O’Connell Street, 2:28pm.

Clerys, O’Connell Street, 2:28pm.

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.

Eason, McConnell Street, 2:30pm.

Eason, McConnell Street, 2:30pm.

And that’s how the day went. Well-timed. 🙂

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