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DUBLIN: River Liffey, and moving memorial to famine victims

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, July 17, 2014, In : Ireland 
We were staying in Dublin on the Ormand Quay, just off the River Liffey, in the center of downtown Dublin.  One night while I was working Shirley took a stroll along the river and found that within a relatively short walk she could make it to the ocean.  She found that the river, which at times looked rather muddy near us, actually is a tidal river ebbing and following and morn we saw fellows out cleaning the river bed.


Perhaps most fascinating Shirley came across some stunning and in their wa...
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DUBLIN: Guinness Brewery, IHEA Plenary and Friends

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, July 17, 2014, In : Ireland 
As I have written about here, Shirley and I are in Ireland to present papers and participate in the International Health Economics Association (IHEA) conference here in Dublin. On Tuesday night the conference organizers planned a plenary talk at the gorgeous National Concert Hall, then we took buses for a celebration at the amazing Guinness Storehouse, home of Guinness.

As you will see they know how to run an event.  Not only is the venue historic and gorgeous, providing stunning views of Dubl...
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Trinity College, the site of the Tenth Congress for IHEA

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, In : Ireland 

The conference where Shirley and I are presenting at is called the International Health Economics Association (IHEA), and this is their tenth “Congress,” so a milestone event.  I have attended most of these meetings in great places (Beijing, Barcelona, York, Dublin, Toronto, Sydney). 

This meeting is being held at a University like most are, but like many a very historic one.  It could hardly be more historic – Trinity College.  It was founded in 1592, so it is an amazing place, over ...


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JULY 11: Dublin, the international city

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, In : Ireland 

We returned to Dublin on July 11th after driving around Ireland for several days.  We spent no time in Dublin before we left so when we got to Dublin, it was quite an experience.  Dublin is not like any other part of Ireland of course.  Where the rest of Ireland is serene and peaceful, Ireland is a major metropolitan city, bustling, busy and never stops.  The rest of Ireland will remind you of what you picture – scenes from movies like QUIET MAN, and most of the towns (except perhaps Cork o...


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Day 6: Blarney Castle

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, In : Ireland 

Before we came to Ireland we had heard much family lore about the “Blarney Castle” and the “Blarney Stone”, I must say.  Like many Irish families I guess, our’s no exception, stories are legend.  My father was famous for them.  When my brother Mike was so kind to take my father on a trip to Ireland my father reported that “I did not kiss the Blarney stone, it kissed me,” almost as a badge of honor – if you knew my father he was bragging about how much blarney he had, and no on...


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Days 4-5: Ring of Kerry, Chocolate, Charlie Chaplin

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, July 10, 2014, In : Ireland 

It is hard to imagine countryside more spectacular than the Cliffs of Mohr we saw on July 6th, as our first few pictures demonstrated.  And I would not describe the Irish countryside as spectacular in the sense that I would describe California’s coast in the same way, or the Swedish Alps, or even Colorado’s Rockies.  Ireland is indeed beautiful, serene, and picturesque.  It is as people say – very green!   Is it more green than Missouri where we live?  Perhaps not – we probably get as...


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Observations on Ireland: Garth Brooks, Barbershops, etc.

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, July 10, 2014, In : Ireland 

While driving the Irish countryside we have been listening to Irish radio.  And we have been occasionally picking up the local papers.  When you hear local news and radio, it is fascinating (or it seems to me!) to contrast to what we experience back home.

Several things strike me (us!?) as striking.  So what is the BIG – HUGE news right now here, leading every news broadcast?  Garth Brooks.  Garth was supposed to have five concerts in Dublin soon – well it was going to be three, then it ...


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Day 3: Castles, Brian Boru and Killaloe

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, In : Ireland 

I think I was surprised (though I think Shirley was not) that Ireland has so many wonderful castles to see.  We have seen two great ones so far, and on Day 3, saw another one outside Limerick, called Bunratty Castle, which dates to the 15th century.  It is a great place to visit – the castle is very well preserved, and it has wonderful historic site, though much of the site has buildings that are re-creations (which is fine because it gives you a flavor of life at the time).  But the Castle...


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Day 3: Some family history to guide our trip (and old photos!)

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, In : Ireland 

Before I add to the blog/diary for Day 3, I’d like to divert for a moment and comment a bit on my family history and how it relates to this trip, geographically.  Probably this is of interest only to the McBrides and Dunnes in my family tree reading this, but I bet many Irish folk making a trip over here have a similar quest – where did my ancestors live, and what does that area look like? 

As I mentioned, I am 75% Irish apparently, the McBride side apparently 50% Irish (though my mothe...


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Day 2: The Spectacular Cliffs of Moher

Posted by Timothy McBride on Sunday, July 6, 2014, In : Ireland 

After arriving in Galway, we slept in this morning.  Shirley slept almost until checkout time.  That was all fine, of course as this is vacation!  (One thing we did not realize until we got here is how far north Ireland is.  Galway and Dublin are roughly as far north as Anchorage, which means at this time of the year the days are very long – it is daylight until about 11 pm!)

We started the day visiting a wonderful old castle called Dungaire, dating back to 1668 (but that later housed the ...


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Day 1: Ireland 2014 Summer trip: St. Louis to Dublin to Galway

Posted by Timothy McBride on Saturday, July 5, 2014, In : Ireland 
July 4/5-- Hello!  Last year I blogged about the summer international trip Shirley and I took to Korea to Australia.  It was fun for me, to write a diary, post pictures, share those with family and friends.  

So here we go--international summer trip 2014, this time to Ireland, July 4 to 17.  The last five days we will spend at the International Health Economics Association (IHEA) meetings in Dublin, where both Shirley and I present papers.  But for July 4-11 we will driving around Ireland.

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