Trip to Ireland September – October 2006


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Thursday 5 October

10:45 Waterford to Dublin 13:25

Gresham Hotel, O Connell Street, Dublin 1
The Gresham Hotel is easily one of
Ireland's most famous hotels. Visitors from home and abroad have been enjoying the wonderful Gresham atmosphere since as far back as 1817. The famous afternoon tea, a delicious meal in the restaurant or a stay at one of the luxurious Gresham bedrooms, these have all been hallmarks of a legendary Irish institution.

While it is Ireland's oldest hotel - with a distinct old world charm – the Gresham provides all the modern luxuries and facilities that today's hotel guests expect. The hotel features 289 superbly furnished guest bedrooms featuring electronic safety locks, direct dial telephones, garment press, hairdryer, TV and 24 hour room service.
The Gresham is a visually striking hotel and can be seen in all its glory in a superb location on O Connell Street, Ireland's widest, and probably most famous thoroughfare. All of Dublin's main tourist and commercial sites such as Trinity College, Guinness Brewery, Temple Bar and the impressive financial district are just a short walk away from the hotel's front door.

The Gresham Hotel is a traditional hotel in the finest sense of the word, with an unrivalled attention to an efficient, friendly service and one of the most luxurious accommodations you are ever likely to enjoy. It is the perfect base, for business or leisure guests, to explore Ireland's vibrant and historical capital city.

has turned its back on its waterside location.  There is a big wide stretch along the river which is completely taken over by car parking.  It is disgusting.  There could be riverside walks, gardens, cafes etc.   Cork and Dublin have the same problem. 

The station is on the other side of the water from the town so that the railway is even more cut off from the town than at Cork.  Walking there is not pedestrian friendly and there is always the possibility of delay because the lift bridge may be raised to allow a vessel to pass through.


There is a small but interesting railway museum in the station. 

The train was push-pull with the Canadianbuilt locomotive leading as far as Kilkennie.

We boarded the train with plenty of time to find a seat and do an inspection.  It gradually filled up along the route and was eventually very full.  The seats are coordinated with the windows.  These are the older type which were built in Britain in the 1960s.  They have air brakes and have been modified with air operated doors.  There is no air conditioning although the cars may be pressurized.  The trains run push pull.  The locomotive was leading from Waterford but there was a change of direction at Kilkenny where we passed the train from Dublin.  There is a full triangle connection here with the main line and our train left Kilkenny shortly after the train to Waterford for the run along the single track to the junction.  It is single track with passing loops as far as Kildare where there is the junction with the double track line for Cork, Tralee and Galway.

We took Luas, crowded as usual, to Abbey and walked along O'Connell Street to the hotel, by far the best we have stayed at in Ireland.  The Gresham has a card key system whereby the card has to be left in a slot to turn on the lights and to keep them on.  This has caused problems with some guests who have kept on reinserting the key instead of leaving it in.

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