Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

Posts in category County Dublin

The Most Irish Things to Do in Dublin 

Dublin Mountains

If you’re coming to Dublin, especially if it won’t be your first time, consider going beyond the traditional tourist hotspots (which, in fairness, can be a blast) and experiencing Ireland’s capital city like a local. You’ll have to explain your photos (practicing the time-honored Irish art of storytelling) to your friends and family, and there will […]


Easter Rising Self-Guided Walking Tour, Kilmainham

Goldenbridge Cemetery Richmond Barracks Dublin Ireland

You’re a young, energetic Irish upstart in the early twentieth century, your friends have always told you you’re full of piss and vinegar. You’re probably a member of Dublin’s working or middle class. You’ve seen a lot in your twenty- or thirty-odd years of life in Ireland: political strife, labor disputes, British forces tightening the screws […]


St. Audeon’s Church

St. Audeon's Tower from the west gate Dublin Ireland

Tourists of all faiths — and levels of dedication thereto — form long lines to visit Dublin’s two most famous cathedrals, pulling out fistfuls of hard-earned scratch for the privilege. Unfortunately, many of them have no idea that there is another city centre church, nearly as old as St. Patrick’s and Christ Church, with no shortage […]


Review – Richmond Barracks

The Restored Cupola atop the Gymnasium Richmond Barracks Dublin Ireland

I first saw the crumbling, run-down hulk of Richmond Barracks in 2014 on a Let’s Walk and Talk tour led by renowned Dublin historian Pat Liddy. At the time, the barracks were little more than a historical footnote in a neighborhood that had seen better days. Pat, with his own personal brand of flair, put […]


Review – Kilmainham Gaol

A Kilmainham Cell Lock Kilmainham Gaol Dublin Ireland

  Sporting a fresh new look — and a fresh new cafe, and a fresh new website — Kilmainham Gaol (pronounced “JAIL”) is back at capacity and better than ever. My old Dublin favorite took her time with a major restoration project spanning from late 2014 until a just-under-the-wire reopening for the 1916 Easter Rising […]


Irish Lasts

Baily Lighthouse

  I remember many of my Irish firsts. Even without looking back to the July/August archive of the Old Blog, I can picture myself stumbling around the city, naively looking for street signs, supermarkets, and more than one electrical outlet in a room. I remember seeing my first magpie; my first Irish slug; my first […]


In Which Cory Gets into a Very Cold Spot

A-floating Forty Foot Sandycove Dublin Ireland

  Things in Dublin were getting fairer and fairer as the rainy spring days stretched themselves into long summer days; the bright, warming sun-shine was drawing the people out of their homes into the parks and beaches of the city. But as the days were getting longer, Cory’s time in Dublin was getting shorter; his […]


Review – National Botanic Gardens

Blooming Orchid National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin Dublin Ireland

  The romantic mind’s-eye image of Dublin, for most, is indoors. The Book of Kells encased in a glass case, scored by monastic chanting; an interactive display at the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery; a wooden table in a darkened pub, covered with even-darker pints while a gathered crowd “plays the floor” along with […]


Review – Dublin’s Cathedrals

Christ Church Cathedral Dublin Ireland

  Ireland — the “Land of Saints and Scholars” on many a tourist brochure — has no shortage of religious attractions for churchy types and Sunday-morning snoozers alike. With 1600 years of Christian tradition, and who knows how many years of pre-Christian religious practice before that, it’s difficult to throw a rock from the top […]


Review – Number Twenty-Nine ESB Georgian House Museum

Pepper Canister Church, Georgian Dublin

In the heart of wealthy Georgian-era Dublin—a historic neighborhood defined by arrow-straight streets; flat, four-story building fronts with windows of ever-decreasing size; and brightly colored and well-ornamented front doors—you can get a small glimpse of what daily life was like for the folks who lived here when the streets were busy with horse-drawn cabs instead […]


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