Family and friends! Curious about our specific neighbourhood of Dublin? General-interest readers probably don't care, but our loved ones might want to see what the view is out of our window. We took a walk around the area and took some photos of notable sights near our home for your reading and viewing pleasure.
Up first, a look just outside the gate of our apartment complex. We are (in)conveniently located right on one of the busiest main roads in town. This gives us easy access to buses going North into the City Centre and South into the suburbs and mountains. This also gives us easy access to lots of traffic noise at busy times of day. Notice the "BUS LANE" markings in the Irish language and the cars driving on the left side, even on this multi-lane divided highway.
|Looking South from our gate|
Notice the welcome sign has the Irish and English names for the University. Irish on top, because Irish is the "first" official language of this country, despite the ever-shrinking minority of Irish speakers here.
|UCD Welcome Sign|
|Winnie's Wool Wagon and Craft Cafe|
|Merrion Shopping Centre Tesco|
On our way home from Tesco, we go by the secret fortress of Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE.) This Irish-government-run radio and television service predates modern private radio/TV stations and international cable and satellite channels. It broadcasts four different television stations and four different radio stations, one of each is broadcast in Irish. RTE 1 radio and RTE 1 TV are very popular among the citizens here, but they face ever-stiffer competition as private stations and international channels (even the evil BBC!) grow in popularity and influence. The RTE does shine in their coverage of all things specifically Irish, like the Gaelic Sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football. Recently, RTE TV has had a major hit in the crime drama Love/Hate. The large antenna can be seen clearly out of our living room window.
|RTE Gate and Tower|