Ireland

Finally I have some time to write this! April has been very busy, but we still had time for a holiday. On Easter week we went to Dublin. For me this was fifth time in Ireland, for my wife it was third, and to wife's daughter it was her first time there. On Tuesday, when we went there, weather had turned very wintry in Finland. Suddenly there came 30 cm snow and temperature dropped way below zero. So, although in Dublin the weather was also colder than what it was week before, for us the spring in Dublin was much warmer and pleasant.

And what we did? Well, of course some shopping because clothes are quite cheap in some stores, and then we wanted to get something very Irish as a souvenir. But then we also visited in couple of museums. The most interesting was Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison. It was very touchy to hear the dramatic stories about former prisoners. In nineteenth century, there had been even children kept there. For example one seven year old boy got 5 months just because he stole potatoes! That must have been pretty harsh times then. So, what would be better way to smoothen the chocking day at the museum than a pint of Guinness.

On last day we went to see the sea at Howth. And as you can guess, we all took a lot of pictures. Approximately 1700 all together within three and a half day. Here are some examples on what I took. Since it was kind of trip to south and warmer weather, I toned all pictures by giving them +10 units more red and -30 unit less blue on GIMP.

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26 thoughts on “Ireland

  1. Isn't it cheating to change the tone on all of them? :p More seriously, if you change all of them, do you keep all of the originals too? Surely you must, but then you have to keep so many files that storage quickly becomes a crazy problem?

  2. 5 months for stealing potatoes is harsh indeed, but hopefully the kid was fed while in the prison

  3. It sounds like you had a very rewarding trip. Will check out the link to your photos.

  4. Thanks peeps for commenting :happy:Originally posted by SharkfinUK:

    Isn't it cheating to change the tone on all of them?

    I like to cheat sometimes :pOriginally posted by SharkfinUK:

    do you keep all of the originals too?

    :yes: Of course I keep the originals on external hard drive ๐Ÿ™‚ These edited versions for online publications I downsize to 1024×678 pixels using 80% JPEG compression. That way pictures here at MyOpera does not take so much space.Originally posted by selurus:

    hopefully the kid was fed while in the prison

    Don't recall what the guide said about nutrition but the accommodation sure was not very comfortable:

    There were five occupants to a cell with only a single candle for light and heat provided once every two weeks. Women had to sleep on the floor while men were with provided iron beds. Public hangings and later, firing squads, were all common methods of execution here; deportation to Australia was also a regular punishment.

    Originally posted by debplatt:

    It sounds like you had a very rewarding trip.

    I :heart: Ireland :happy:

  5. Of course only a fraction of those pictures are decent enough to be published ๐Ÿ˜€ At least in my case. My wife is actually better photographer than me ๐Ÿ˜†

  6. very happy for your time away! sounds wonderful. and if it was warmer than home, the chill must have been okay."Approximately 1700 all together within three and a half day" that is a lot of pics, but I understand ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Originally posted by serola:

    My wife is actually better photographer than me

    :up: does she have a blog, too?

  8. Originally posted by studio41:

    do let us know if she ever decides to host one!

    I will :up:

  9. Only five per cell? That's a friggin' holiday inn! :yikes: .Come to South Africa where you can share a cell with 30 to 50 cell mates. :p .

  10. Originally posted by qlue:

    Come to South Africa where you can share a cell with 30 to 50 cell mates.

    :faint: Although, it also much depends on the size of the cell ๐Ÿ˜€ Those cells in Kilmainham Gaol were originally designed for single person only.

  11. Originally posted by serola:

    Those cells in Kilmainham Gaol were originally designed for single person only.

    Like our single cells that hold two to four inmates perhaps? :p .We are a tad overcrowded in our jails.btw, Interesting trivia. According to the South African version of Trivial Pursuit, "gaol" is the American spelling of "jail". :p .

  12. Originally posted by qlue:

    According to the South African version of Trivial Pursuit, "gaol" is the American spelling of "jail".

    Thanks Qlue ๐Ÿ™‚ I was actually puzzled about that word. So, I guess the American spelling may have Irish origins.

  13. Exactly, Sami! Etymology is interesting to me, too! I like to find out where words come from. :sst: I googled British penal colonies in the US and Australia, btw.

  14. The state of Georgia, in the US was originally a penal colony for wayward Britons. So was one part of Australia, either Sidney or Botany Bay.

  15. Nope, 'gaol' is primarily British. There may have been instances in the US where it was spelled that way unofficially, or while still under British rule.

  16. Originally posted by H82typ:

    Nope, 'gaol' is primarily British. There may have been instances in the US where it was spelled that way unofficially, or while still under British rule.

    That was my understanding too. Which is why I referenced Trivial Pursuit's claim. :p .

  17. Finally got around to reading about your trip properly. As I have just posted, I had my own trip to be preoccupied with. ;)You seemed to have a rather busy trip, a lot to see and do in a short period. It may be the reason, but I wouldn't mind seeing more "touristy" sightseeing photos to get feel of Ireland as land (Was it spring there? Any flowers, birds?)Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Originally posted by serola:

    city holiday it just was

    Looks like you guys had a good one :yes:

  19. We kind of had to show as much Dublin as possible to my wifes daughter, who was there for the first time. So, city holiday it just was. I have a look what I can find from my archives, from our previous trips ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Originally posted by qlue:

    btw, Interesting trivia. According to the South African version of Trivial Pursuit, "gaol" is the American spelling of "jail".

    Actually, it's an archaic British spelling, and probably Irish, too. As far as I know, Americans have always used "jail", and now the Brits do, too.

  21. Originally posted by qlue:

    btw, Interesting trivia. According to the South African version of Trivial Pursuit, "gaol" is the American spelling of "jail".

    Actually, it's an archaic British spelling, and probably Irish, too. As far as I know, Americans have always used "jail", and now the Brits do, too.

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