Dublin: fact or crap?

12 Jun

Between a tour of historic Dublin and a trip to Ireland’s #1 tourist attraction, the Guinness Brewery, I’ve learned a lot about the emerald isle. So I share with 
you a few Irish myths and facts:

Leprechauns are not real. But there is a leprechaun museum. I’m pretty sure its just a tourist trap to get ye pot’o’gold. (There have been, however, a few people that have made me wonder.)

Bring an umbrella with you at all times. In fact, bring two for when the first one breaks!

In 1759 Arthur Guinness signed the lease for St. James Gate Brewery. He paid 100£ downpayment and signed a contract to pay 45£ a year for the next 9,000 years. Yep, there’s still a good 8,700 years left on that bad baby!

It takes 119.5 seconds to pour a pint of Guinness. 

Tom and Jerry (as in the cat and the mouse) are real… And mummies! Years ago, when cleaning the organ at Christ cathedral, one of the organ pipes wouldn’t play. When cleaning it out, they found a perfectly mummified cat, but the organ pipe was still blocked. A little further up the pipe they found a perfectly mummified mouse. Rather than toss them in the rubbish bin, the caretaker had them stuffed, put them on display in the crypt and started charging people to come and see the exhibit. They became a major hit and there they remain in the crypt, the cat perpetually chasing the mouse. 

Lobsters like Guinness.  

“Guinness builds strong muscles. It feeds exhausted nerves. It enriches the blood. Doctors affirm that Guinness is a valuable restorative after influenza and other weakening illnesses. Guinness is a valuable natural aid in cases of insomnia. Guinness is one of the most nourishing beverages, richer in carbo-hydrates than a glass of milk. That is one reason why it is so good when peole are tired or exhausted. GUINNESS IS GOOD FOR YOU.” (or at least that’s what I learned from one Guinness ad!)

And the most shocking thing I learned in Dublin (you should probably stop reading here unless you want your world to be turned upside-down):

Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets (and might not have even had beards!). However, Vikings did make a hefty profit by capturing people and selling them into slavery. Their favorite target? monks. So the monks invented the Viking image to make them look more like the devil. Shocking, I know.

Well, after a Sunday morning service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Jamie and I said “hasta luego” to Dublin!

Next stop: CORK, a southern Irish city where we hope to find the gift of gab! 

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