I just had a brilliant weekend in Dublin with my Oz-Bus mates and managed to clock up a few "1st's".
1 - Had my 1st drink of Guinness. Reputedly Guinness drunk in Dublin is like Guinness drunk no where else. Can't comment on that because I've never drunk it before, but I can tell you that it IS wonderful in Dublin!
2 - Had my 1st experience of a "Comedy Club". Fantastic. I laughed 'til I nearly fell off my chair.
3 - Went to my 1st Gaelic Football Match. And not any old match, it was the semi-final between Cork and Donegal. And not any old venue - it was in Croke Park. Magic.
4 - Dined at a Marco Pierre White restaurant. We went their for an "early bird" dinner, so I guess we didn't get the full-on dining experience, but the food was great.
5 - Saw the Tall Ships that had taken part in the Tall Ships Race.
We also went to an amazing Hooley Show at Johnnie Fox's Pub. One of the oldest pubs in Ireland and certainly the highest. Our good Oz-Bus friend and host for the weekend, Ciaran, is a friend of the owner, Tony, who showed us around. It's an amazing venue. Tony has a veritable smorgasbord of photographs of famous people that have visited, including Bill Clinton (and 6 other Presidents), Condoleezza Rice, many Royals and, that very lunchtime, Liam Gallagher of Oasis!
And this is quite a rare site - me playing bing! Tony (of Johnnie Fox's fame) also owns a 2,200 seater boxing/bingo venue. As Jonnie and I got hooked on bingo whilst sailing from China to Alaska last year Ciaran thought it might bring back fond memories!
Ciaran, you did us proud. How can we top that for a re-union? Well the answer to that is, of course, it can't be topped. We have reached the pinnacle. BUT we still want to meet up because we have forged such a close bond. So next January it's all up to my place for a little R&R after Christmas. No bells and whisles with this venue, although I may have a few ideas up my sleeve !!!
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