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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patricks' Day Parade

St. Patricks' Day Parade

It was a beautiful spring day for this year’s St. Patricks Day parade and thanks to (@pixie) for providing the passes for the vetting viewing area and a wonderful photo taking opportunity. Also, thanks to the St. Patricks Festival guys (@stpatricksfest) for their good work. Have a look at some of the great shots over at the St. Patrick’s Group at, there are some awesome shots. Also if you have photos from the parade, do share them with the group.

A foggy morning in Dublin

A foggy morning in Dublin

Passing by St Stephen’s Green this morning, I couldn’t resist stopping and taking a few photos, when it was all foggy, quiet and dreamy.

Additional Paddy’s Day stuff

Oh yes, it’s March, and with Mo’s previous blog entry, he has duly reminded everyone that Paddy’s Day is not too far away from now. Are you all set for the fun and festivity in town, of which there are tons of events organised that are free for all!


A couple of things to bring to your attention. There will be an exclusive Paddy’s Day “Simpsons Irish Adventure” that will be broadcasted on Sky 1 and Sky 1 HD (I would have thought they’d broadcast it on RTE or something, to be more inclusive – Sky is not Irish!) and if you’re one of the many people who will be in town for the parade, look out for special Simpsons’ float, because Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart) plus a couple other producers of the show will be there too.

For family or even groups of friends, you can kick off the weekend with a trip down to the Dublin Docklands, where The Spheres will be entertaining the crowd with 4 scheduled shows. The shows are ticketed but free, and you should book for the ticket now before they run out. Apply online, and you’ll be asked to confirm for tickets at some stage so you can print them out and bring with you to Grand Canal Dock. From what I gather, maximum tickets that one can apply per booking is for 6 adults, 4 children.

For more event information of St Patrick’s Festival, visit their website, and for all those who wonders where the fireworks will be this year, it’s going to be down south in Waterford.

Att. Bloggers n Photographers: Pixie Party at St Patrick’s Festival

stpatfestJust got info from Pixie, about their upcoming competition and their project to document this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival photos, from all users attending this year’s festival. They have created a group for the festival, here, so don’t forget to bring along your DLSR’s, compact cameras or mobile cameras and share the festival spirit with the world. They are also running a competition for finding THE moment for this year festival, more info here, and some exciting prizes are waiting to be won.

There is also some very exciting news for bloggers & photobloggers & pixie users, selected few would be invited and giving access to watch from VIP area or Festival grandstand, golden passes and more. Read more info about “how you can help?” on their blog.

For more up-to-date information, go to their blog, or follow @pixie / @stpatricksfest on twitter.

Sounds very interesting and am going to get my camera ready for it / are you?, good work @pixie and organizers of St. Patrick’s festival.

Tiger, tiger...

Tiger, tiger...

Have they affected you? – Dublin Bus Cuts

In city center, I came across this poster regarding the Dublin Bus Cuts. In current economic conditions, when the govt. should be supporting more and better public transportation, reducing it by 10% is not a good start for its citizens. Personally, I use No. 11A or B to go to work whenever the weather doesn’t allow me use the bike and last week, I waited for almost 20-25 min. and after that two of them came together. If the dublin bus cuts are affecting you, why not send an email to and tell them about it. [Small print on the photo says:] The Irish Environmental  Network is campaigning to have the bus services increased and not reduced.  Check for more details.

Parking getting trickier in Dublin


Last night on Wexford Street

Two important notices

Two important notices

seen in town


A correction is called for: in August I wrote this post (Maser not loved) with a pic of a comment about a Coors light mural I’d attributed to Maser. It turns out that Maser didn’t actually do that mural, he’d turned it down. And I have to say, I rather like the current “Hard Times” mural, complete with Fallon & Byrne bag.

So Maser, we still love you….

12 Days of Christmas

While the folks over in Paris were all in wintery mood because it was snowing, the weather in Dublin since yesterday has been less than kind as it stays showery, albeit in small doses. Still. I want the clear blue sky back…

Well, I’m sure everyone has by now cleared out all Irish pork products from your fridge/freezer, including sausages, bacon and ham, after the recall last week following detection of high levels of dioxin in them – up to 200 times over the allowed limit! There shouldn’t be unnecessary panic though and I think it’s good that the recall is being done, and the shelves are now being restocked with pork from outside of the republic and if it’s Irish they’re new uncontaminated stock.

Faced with all these gloom and doom, a little cheering up would be nice. Christmas cheer in particular. So why not head over to the IFSC for 12 Days of Christmas?

“The 12 days of Christmas market at the Docklands is full of more Christmas cheer than your Da when the in laws leave!”

That’s the tagline! Cute, lol…

There are lots of food stalls selling bratwurst (contamination-free all the way from Germany), herby roast potatoes, mulled wine, pretzels, chocolates, truffles, crepes, hot nuts… (I’ve got to stop listing since it’s making *me* hungry right now) as well as gift stalls where you can hunt for some Christmas presents including jewelleries, toys, clothings, decorative items, books, woodcraft and more!

At weekends, Santa Grotto will also be open. On top of that, there would also be entertainments in the form of brass band, face painter and balloon modeller. Just the thing to keep kids happy and cheerful.

I’ll definitely be making my way there at least a couple of times in the next 12 days. Hmmm… I’m dreaming of the grilled sausages with roast potatoes and mulled wine as it is…

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