THE BLACK TALE DUBLIN WALKING TOUR
Meeting Point: The Bite Of Life Cafe - 55 Patrick Street Dublin 8 (close to St Patricks Cathedral). Click HERE for directions
Departs Every: Tue & Wed
Departure Time: 8pm
Tour Duration: 1.5-2 hrs
Finish Location: Finishes at Guinness Storehouse
Season: 8th May to 31st October
WELCOME TO AULD DUBLIN!
Meet your tour guide - John Brien, a worker at the Guinness Brewery. The year is 1911. The city is alive with horses and carts, shoeless newspaper boys, screeching rusty wheels, determined street performers and balladeers.
From the mid-1990s until 2007, Dublin knew good times. Before then, there were mostly bad times! Horrendous times! Whiskey and spirit-drinking cursed the nation. This was a Dublin where 50 people shared a toilet and 1/3 of Dublin families lived in a single room. A Dublin where well of over a thousand prostitutes loitered the streets. And right beside one of the gates to the ancient city was an abandoned brewery which a man called Arthur Guinness purchased in 1759.
And the tale of that Dublin is blacker still!
Join John Brien on his way to work from St. Patrick's Cathedral, through the Liberties, to the brewery itself. Listen to him retell of the Dublin you never knew existed:
The characters, like Zozimus, the blind balladeer who was as much a part of Dublin as the river Liffey.
The myths and facts of Guinness
The rebellions and the loyalists
The fires and the waters
The perpetual poverty and the fleeting wealth
The hunger and the drunkenness
The piety and the prostitution
The contradictions of Dublin life were as plain to be seen in front of your eyes as the white and the black of a pint of Irish stout.
Welcome to auld Dublin!
Tel: +353 851023646
Tour departs outside Bite Of Life Cafe (shown above)