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Dublin Doings

8 - 15 August 2019

A lovely quiet week, catching up with Mary Clare's family in Dublin, and staying with brother Michael, and Erica and the boys, in Baldoyle.

Lovely to be here. Craft beer penetration seems stronger than three years ago :) These from Yellowhead in Wexford.
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Saw the All Blacks horrendous performance, then got to go to Aviva Stadium - the new Landsdowne Road - to see Ireland play Italy in a RWC warm-up game, with the three lads. Impressive, especially with Guinness in hand.
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Watched on TV snatches of the two Irish football semi-finals - Counties Dublin and Kerry (yus - 3/8 of Phil's bloodline.!) will meet in the final. (Those of you who equate 'football' with 'soccer' just misunderstood :) )

Weather apparently was great before we arrived but.... !!

Mary Clare has enjoyed a long bike-ride around her old stamping-ground at Howth, visted parents' Brendan and Mary's grave - beautifully blooming in Lavender. Still so strange to be here without them. But the Haddon Lodge driveway betrays the growing dereliction of the house, long sold, that had for so long been the family's heart :(
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A great family celebration dinner on Sunday night at "The Baths" at Clontarf.

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Monday, Mary Clare caught up with Hillary, a friend from 1990 when we all lived in Dublin and we both had dinner with Aisling, an old friend from Laurel Hill school days and son Cillian over a lovely meal at Marco Pierre White.

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.and we played tourist, enjoying some of the old Dublin buildings, and Phil found some record shops. That map shows locations. :) Katherine C - note a Heavenly pick-up, sadly in the sale bin.

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Wednesday, a catch up with old friends Rob and Anne Clarke. Phil grew up with Rob in Miramar and we've known Rob and Anne for 30 years!
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And we got to catch up with 'Uncle' Frank, who visited us in New Zealand a number of years ago. 92 and still mowing his lawns! There's a story about the teal towel. Karena G will know it :)
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Nephew Luke joined Mary Clare for a cliff walk around Howth Peninsula. Refreshing childhood memories, including the time MC copped the blame for setting the Hill of Howth on fire :)

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We never seem to get through Dublin without some hilarious - or not - brush with Irish bureaucracy. The month-long wait when we lived here in 1990 to get our homeline transferred 200 metres up the road has gone down in family history. Last time, here for mum Mary's funeral, we waited four days for our bags to get here; they were found only when we went to the airport ourselves to search for them!

This time it was our Irish/European Sim cards. Phil's installed without issue. Mary Clare's did not! So Phil called the 'help line'. "You do not have enough credit to make this call". But I'd just spent 30 euro on a monthly plan involving unlimited calls and texts!! What to do! Bro (in-law) Michael came to the rescue , getting through to his help line. Bottom line was that the help line linked to the sim card we called was not a number included in the unlimited calls we had just bought!!!! Even the help-line guy thought it was nuts! Allan Pledger may be able to explain if there is any similar nonsense in NZ????

Then, this morning, Thursday 15th. inappropriately on the Feast of the Assumption, we braved Ryan Air for our English visit, with sister Karena in Bedfordshire, and bro Paul in Bournemouth. I'm writing this, over a Gin, with the first two pints of bitter already tucked away!! Julia, avert your eyes.
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See you next week!

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