After breakfast we bought day tickets for Luas and
tram to Heuston station where we purchased the tickets for
There were two locomotives on display, a planet diesel and a steam locomotive. Unfortunately there was no write up, nor a description of the way they use the narrow gauge locomotives to power a broad gauge chassis.
One of the most interesting displays was a short
in 1951 showing a cooper making a barrel.
There must have been an enormous saving when the brewery
metal casks. Master coopers could tell a
bad barrel that needed repairs by its smell.
A cooper's apprenticeship was seven years and after he had made
first barrel, it would be filled with Guinness, sawdust and other dirt. His mates put him in it and rolled him around
the street for as long as they thought fit.
The Guinness was excellent, not so bitter as last night. To get your drink you surrendered a ring which is attached to a souvenir plastic bubble ticket with a bubble of Guinness.
People buying a coffee at the snack bar were served it in black containers with a white cover giving an imitation of a glass of Guinness.
Although the presentation was slick there was nothing in depth. For example there were no details on the railway or the locomotives or the barges and vessels.
From there we walked to
the James Luas station and
tram to the end of the line at Tallagh.
It goes along the street with the traffic, on private right of
way and also
in the centre of a dual carriageway. The
area at the end was not inviting so we took the next tram back to
the Blackhorse Inn where we had a very substantial bowl of Irish Stew
shared a chicken sandwich. Another
Guinness was as good as the earlier one but served cooler.
This was definitely not a tourist place but
quite adequate food. It only cost
We took the tram back to Heuston station to find out that the IRRS bookstore was only open on Thursday evenings.
Back to Abby street and then we walked across the
Back in the centre of town we went into an old
mall, St. Stephen's Green shopping centre which was of metal and glass
- very attractive. We wandered back to
the hotel though