Protest against Budget 2009

Last week, Ireland’s Government presented its budget for 2009 with the theme, “solidarity and patriotic action in most difficult and uncertain times.” The prevailing response to the the Fianna Fail party, in particular its Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, was that they chose the right tune but played too many notes off-key. ..

Recommended Listening: Looking at the US

Ordinary Dubliners want to talk about the coming election for the US Presidency, given any excuse. In fact, the Europeans we meet want to talk about the coming election, given any excuse.

Open House Dublin 2008 is this weekend

The Open House Dublin event last year was one of our best Dublin experiences. This weekend is the 2008 Open House event. ..

Word of the Moment: serein

From the best word-a-day website, at

(suh-RAN [the second syllable is nasal])
noun: Fine rain falling from an apparently cloudless sky, typically observed after sunset.

A snowflake, in Dublin, in October

As the leaves start changing here in Dublin, another sure sign of the approaching winter arrived: the first “snowflake” in the car. ..

A day in Kilkenny

We visited Kilkenny, about 90 minutes from Dublin by car, on a gorgeous Saturday in September. The main attractions are the city’s High Street and the large and well-kept Kilkenny Castle.

Antrim, Part 2 (of 2)

For our second day in Antrim, we decided to start our day with a dip in the ocean. ..

Weather update: Dublin

Last week was gorgeous — sunny and warm. I’d call it an Indian summer.
Yesterday, the temperature seemed to drop a few degrees with every rain shower that passed through. Today is cold. ..