Monday, March 19, 2012

My Trip to Ireland

About a month ago, my friend John Cohn, asked me if I wanted to go to Ireland for four days.  It sounded a bit crazy - but he had won a trip to Dublin - everything included.  I said why not and he told me the only stipulation was that I couldn't bring a thing - nothing - nada.  So, last Saturday, off we went to the airport - with nothing but the clothes on our back - and a tube of lipstick tucked in my pocket!  When we arrived in Dublin, our cab driver Seamus asked us where our luggage was...we told him we didn't bring any.....he laughed so hard and said in his "turty" years of driving a cab, no one had ever arrived from America without a bag.  He immediately began calling his friends and family members and relaying the story - keeping one eye on the road and laughing all the while.  Once the novelty had worn off - he dropped us off at O'Neals Pub, in the center of town and we went in and had ourselves a hearty Irish Breakfast.

Next stop,  we visited the Guinness Storehouse - which completely changed my idea of what an exhibition should be - ancient, authentic building, large, readable type, interactive and clear sound.  I was so inspired!  Learning to pour a pint and drinking Guinness in the Gravity Bar was also a treat.  Throughout the week,  we visited the Jamison Distillery, Dublin Castle, Trinity College and St. Patricks Cathedral.  Oh...and we shopped for a few necessities - a change of clothes and some walking shoes!
One morning, we woke up early and walked over to Adam's Auction House - next door to the Shelbourne Hotel.  We registered our names and picked up a paddle - hoping to find some old textiles in Dublin.  Within minutes of the auction starting, a spoon came up for sale.  It was a  George II Irish Hanoverian Pattern Hash Spoon - 1754 - and sold for 12,000 euros!  Finally, a textile came up that I fell in love with - unfortunately it was upholstered to a 19th century English settee. I snapped a few photos of the print - which I think would make a beautiful pattern in a quilting collection.
It was a fun four days in Dublin - we walked all over - were inspired by everything - just the kind of break I needed!

13 comments:

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Thank you for your lovely and www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Matters not the colours it comes in or how the pattern is slightly altered the butta finds its way into so many textiles and prints.
I'm sure you'll make it beautiful...
Susan

Nancy said...

Thanks for giving me a brief look at the Ireland I would love to see. I was just about to write and ask about the fabric, and then saw your comment about it being attached to a 19th century settee! Funny! Glad you had a good time.

Anonymous said...

I haven't been to Dublin in 30 years but I am sure it still has the same charm I felt back when I was 20 years old!

MHM

A bird in the hand said...

I used to feed the ducks on St. Stephen's Green, directly across from the Shelbourne Hotel... I'm glad you visited my alma mater, Trinity college. I'm going to Ireland on June 22 (with baggage!) and a short side trip to Wales.
xoxo

Sue said...

Oh I can picture the cabbie right now. He will be telling the tale for years to come.

I think I would have layered some clothes and sneaked a toothbrush in my pocket too, any way you did have your lipstick to put on even if you had nothing else.

Fabryka klimatów said...

I love Ireland !!!
Every year I fly to Dublin. Dublin is beautiful!
But I especially love Howth :)
Regards from Warsaw,
Agnieszka

Lauren H said...

I absolutely love the design inspiration. Hope to see it soon in one of your collections!

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Ireland - next time you should travel North and visit Ulster!

tia o'c said...

But you missed the Decorative Arts museum, just across the river from the Guinness. :-)

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Diane McVey said...

I have never heard of anyone going that far with no luggage! Wow, what a leap of faith! ha So glad you enjoyed it, and what a great adventure to tell about. That fabric is beautiful, I do hope you make something similar! Kudos to you for being so spontaneous! :D

Thyra J LeBlanc said...

Dublin is hustle and bustle but visit the country-side or the southern shores and your trip will become a lifelong memory. The Irish folks are as hsopitable as if the grew up in the southern U.S.