So, I’ll admit that this post may be a bit confusing. I’ve posted images related to the Temple Bar located in the Temple Bar district of Dublin. And there isn’t a temple involved in anything that I’m going to discuss. However, there are two bars. Confused? Good. Let’s get on with the post, then.
The history of origin of the name for the district is a bit in question. There is no doubt that Sir William Temple was the provost of Trinity College in the 1600s and that his family owned a home and gardens in the area. However, there is also a district of the same name in London and it is equally likely the name was borrowed from its more famous cousin. To add to the confusion, there is a profusion of bars in the Temple Bar district including the aptly if non-creatively named Temple Bar.
No matter how the name was derived Temple Bar is a lively tourist district with cobbled streets, street performers, and the aforementioned abundance of bars, pubs, and nightclubs. It’s a lively place that can drift toward rowdy on a weekend summers night.
As it so happens, we were in town and in Temple Bar on one of those fair summer nights. It also happened to be one of the nights when Ed Sheeran was performing in his native Dublin in a sold-out Croke Park entertaining 80,000 or so fans. I think most of those concert goers were in Temple Bar before and certainly after the concert. It made for some interesting people watching to be sure.
I’ve posted a couple of images. Both were taken at one of the many bars in the district, The Temple Bar. The first is a macro shot of a plaque hanging on the exterior wall adjacent to the entrance. The plaque signifies excellence in dining or spirits. I just don’t recall which one at the moment. The second shot is of the bar itself or at least its exterior. It’s a pretty typical illustration of the bar in Irish life. Pubs and bars are not just places to drink but places to see, be seen, and socialize.
And in almost every pub we visited there was great live local music. I honestly don’t know how there are enough musicians in such a small country to fill all the pubs that advertise live music. But, there are and the evidence is to be heard as you walk through every town that we visited in Ireland. I’d love to chill out tonight by a warm fire and listen to some Irish folk music tonight. Alas, I’ll have to make do with a fire in my own fireplace and a playlist from iTunes. I’ll get by.