Life in Dublin

An Afternoon on the Pier

The Murphy clan caught a train Sunday afternoon to a town northeast of Dublin, the coastal town of Howth (pronounced Hote). 

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Though it was a cloudy (and rainy) afternoon, we managed to have a great time!  From the train, we noticed that there was a large beach right next to the train station, Claremont Beach.  We were advised to come at low tide, as you can walk out pretty far on the beach before getting into the water.  So, we heeded the advice and went at low tide.

Kieghan had a blast running out in the sand all the way to the waters edge, and Kinsler was finally okay with the sand between his toes!  He managed to walk pretty far out by himself, too, of course with us right by his side!

It was amazing how low the water got at low tide.  The waters at this point, fed into the Irish Sea.  An island stood prominent just off the shore.  This island is called Ireland’s Eye.  The island can be reached by tourist ferries, and it is known to be a great spot for some rock climbing.

After some fun on the beach, we headed in to have some lunch.  Fortunately, we were able to dodge the impending rain and miss it completely by the time we had wrapped up and headed back out!

After lunch, we headed to the East Pier of Howth Harbour.  The pier was a rather long stretch of walkway out to the lighthouse, but nothing short of beautiful.  Taking in the fresh sea air, it was a nice way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon!

Upon arrival back to Dublin, we hopped off at our train station.  To our surprise, it was right next to Google HQ here in Dublin.  We knew Google was close, but to stumble across it on our way home was a nice treat, especially for Andy!

After such a successful afternoon, we were finally homeward bound to put the babies to bed and turn in for the night!

Check out the gallery to see more photos from our afternoon in Howth.