No visit to Dublin is complete without wandering through the colourful and cobbled streets of Temple Bar. Not only famous for its pubs and nightlife, it’s also the heart of the Capital’s Cultural Quarter – concert halls, galleries, cinemas, food and craft markets, the oldest theatre, the site where Handel first performed the Messiah… I did a quick walk around, and if I had more time, I could have also waited till dark for the more vibrant night scene. Anyway, feast your eyes on these images.
The guitar sculpture, top right, is a copy of Rory Gallagher’s famous Fender Stratocaster. He used to play in the Temple Bar before becoming famous.
George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering. It bursts onto the stage of Musick Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The audience swelled to a record 700, as ladies had heeded pleas by management to wear dresses “without Hoops” in order to make “Room for more company.” (Smithsonian.com)
This is Fishamble Street where the Musick Hall once stood.
(Background) Smock Alley Theatre, opened in 1662, is one of the oldest theatres in Europe
(Foreground) Viking boat sculpture commemorating Dublin’s Viking heritage.