The last Guinness is drained, the last brandy and dry is sipped. We used our final Sunday afternoon to visit one of Dublin’s few remaining pubs with original Victorian decor, The Long Hall in South Great George’s St, which had somehow eluded us during our time here. The decor dates from 1881 (thankfully, they’ve upgraded the toilets) although it has been licensed since 1766.
And prior to that, we strolled in Iveagh Gardens, one of Dublin’s “secret” spots just south of St Stephen’s Green. On the way down in the bus, it had seemed to us as if the whole of Dublin was out celebrating a very pleasant spring afternoon but the Gardens were an oasis of calm where we sat for a while like a couple of old-age pensioners (hmmm…) reminding ourselves of the times we have had. We’ll be back in Hamilton on Friday. We need to start packing, but we don’t really want to.