2014 Ireland & Worldcon trip
Malahide &
Malahide Castle
August 18, 2014

Day 1: Trinity, Dublin Castle, St Patrick's Cathedral, Temple Bar
Day 2: Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Winding Stair & Pub Crawl
Day 3: Bunratty Castle, Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Galway
Day 4: Inishmore, Dun Aengus, The Seven Churches
Day 5: Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Screeb River
Days 6 - 9: World Science Fiction Convention, British Library
Day 10: Malahide Castle, Seabank Bistro
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Crows - Malahide Castle
Crows on the roof of Malahide Castle
Malahide, Irleand
Malahide Harbor

Wednesday (continued)

Monday afternoon, we flew back to Dublin. This Air France flight was on the same size plane as the previous week, but it was not full and we were invited to move back to a row of three unoccupied seats.

We took a taxi from the airport to Sona's B&B in the nearby ocean side community of Malahide. Sona's is a ordinary home in a quiet neighborhood of similar buildings. I had picked it because it was within walking distance of the shore and downtown. After settling in to our small room, we headed out, walking along the shore to the small downtown and then on to Malahide Castle, parts of which date to the 12th century. It was closed for the day but the 260 acre park surrounding it was open and we watched young people playing cricket during our walk. There were men playing what looking like a pickup game as we went in and women playing what looked like league play as we left.

The palace has a walled garden so we could see much of that, but were were able to walk around the castle and the nearby graveyard & Mainistir Abbey ruins. Surprisingly little is known about the abbey.

We walked back through town and briefly visited the Church of Saint Sylvester, whose neo-gothic central tower and spire we had been admiring for some distance. There were people at prayer, so I snapped only a few interior photos from the back of the chapel. Although there has been a church at this location for over 800 years, it turns out that this building dates only from about 1837. 

Sona's B&B - Malahide
Sona's B&B

Sona's B&B bedroom
Our bedroom at Sona's B&B

Malahide Castle grounds
The walk alongside the Walled Garden to Malahide Castle

Mainistir Abbey ruins Malahide Casstle, Ireland
Mainistir Abbey ruins and cemetery

Malahide Castle - Malahide, Ireland
Malahide Castle

Crisket Players in Malahide
Playing Cricket in Malahide Demesne Regional Park

Saint Sylvester's Parish tower
Church of Saint Sylvester spire (1901)

Church of Saint Sylvester

Walking back along the shore, I enjoyed seeing unfamiliar shore birds and watching Sea Scouts rowing on the bay.

Malahide Sea Scouts
Malahide Sea Scouts rowing on Malahide Bay. (Prints & cards of this photo)

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