A Grand, Google-filled Weekend in Dublin’s Fair City

Strangely enough the story of my Dublin trip begins in Chicago. It all started when I met an Irish guy named David at a bar called the Irish Oak.

After a brief chat, David handed me his Google business card. While we never got together in Chicago, I sent him an email a few weeks before leaving for Dublin. The lesson here – hang on to business cards! Especially if they say Google on them.

Dublin pub
John Mulligan’s via Yelp. When I arrived in Dublin I called David, and he took me out for drinks at John Mulligan’s (and by drinks I mean Guinness, naturally).


David described Mulligan’s as an “old man’s pub” and told me that it was one of the last old-fashioned pubs in Ireland. I loved everything about it: the red-lacquered walls, the seasoned clientele, the sassy wall plaques and the fact that it was founded in 1782.

The next day I spent the bulk of my time at the beautiful and green Trinity College campus (why didn’t I apply there, seriously?)

Trinity College

I went there to see The Book of Kells, a religious manuscript that was created by Celtic monks more than a thousand years ago. According to Wikipedia, it  is widely regarded as “Ireland’s finest national treasure.”

The Book of Kells
The Book of Kells via the Examiner

After seeing the book I highly agree. The book’s designs are so impossibly tiny they seem to have been painted by butterflies, and the script is raised and glossy as if it were nail polish. The admission price was 10 euros but it was totally worth it.

Molly Malone

I next happily stumbled upon the statue of Molly Malone. Don’t know her? She’s a famous fishmonger and prostitute who now lives on Grafton street. There’s even a song about her that is known as Dublin’s unofficial anthem.

Merrion Square

Per David’s recommendations, I headed to Merrion Square to see the famous Georgian doors. I snapped away like a wild-woman, determined to photograph every door in the square. I even asked an elderly gentleman who was retrieving the paper if his house was a museum. I shouldn’t be allowed in public.Merrion Square

Merrion SquareDavid wrote me an email to meet him and his friends for dinner. On my walk to the outskirts of Dublin I stumbled upon a few pieces of interest, including more Georgian doors.

Dublin, IrelandI met David and his friends for a Guinness (question – why is Guinness drastically better in Ireland?) and then headed off to The Chop House for dinner.



The food was great. Like amazing. Like how-is-Ireland-not-a-huge-food-destination amazing. I ordered Dublin scallops with black pudding and the combination was Michelin-quailty genius. And it was reasonably priced – my dinner cost only 14 euros.

After dinner we met up with some more of David’s Google friends and pub and club-hopped for the rest of the night.


Sometimes you should be a responsible, culture-focused traveler. And sometimes you should take blurry pictures and drink mojitos in an Irish club.

Dublin, Ireland

I want to thank David and all of his amazing friends for showing me the city over the weekend. It was so much fun hearing their stories and getting to know them, and getting a glimpse into what Dublin is really like.

Overall writing this makes me miss Dublin, and especially my beloved Ireland which I never tire of visiting. But I’ll be back. And I know a half-pint of Guinness is waiting for me.

Have you ever visited Dublin? Did you hang out in Merrion Square too?

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

14 thoughts on “A Grand, Google-filled Weekend in Dublin’s Fair City”

  1. Dublin looks wonderful! So great that you got to see The Book of Kells – I dream of seeing it since my very first semester of art history! :)

    • I’m sure you will get there soon! It was really worth seeing. Ireland is one of my favorite countries – and if you like art and history you will love it even more!

    • The library was gorgeous! If I remember correctly it was in Harry Potter, but that could be totally false.

  2. Dublin is my absolute all time favourite city! I’ve been 7 times and I’ll never get tired of it. Your photos are great, but my favourite is the blurry, club, mojito fuelled snap – captures a mood perfectly (and takes me back to happy times)!

    • I’m glad to hear that! I love when you can take a photo that perfectly sums up a moment. And Dublin is so much fun!

    • It’s good to hear from a fellow Guinness fan! And I don’t come across many business cards like that but I will make sure to hang onto them if I do :)

    • I loved taking pictures of them all over the city, they’re just gorgeous and so typical of Dublin.

    • I didn’t get to try pouring one myself but I did talk to an Irish bartender about it – he explained to me that American bartenders pour Guinness incorrectly which explains why it isn’t as good stateside. That’s great you got to go to both Ireland and Scotland – what amazing countries!

  3. As a true blue dubliner girl I was really proud to read your blog, you represented our city in an amazing light and the cultural contrasts came through so well. I especially love the photos of the Georgian doors. Beautiful. Thank you.

    I am living in Japan so if you feel like checking out my ‘new’ blog please do – would make my day!!


    • Wow, I’m so jealous! I have never been to Japan but want to go, and I did check out your blog… what beautiful photos of the fall leaves.

      I’m flattered that a real Dubliner liked the post… you come from a great city!

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