Last weekend Jono and I went to Dublin for the day. Unfortunately we picked one of the worst days to go due to Storm Desmond. It wasn’t too bad when we left on the train and Dublin was fine but there’s a story about the way back (of course there is!) Anyway Jono had a Pokemon tournament (which he won!) and I went to the National Crafts and Design Fair.
I’ve never been to the Craft fair before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect (except craft of course!) It was amazing though! So many cool things to see – a real eye opener of some of the amazing designers we have here in Ireland.
Not only were there three huge arenas full of arts, crafts and designs there was also a food emporium, full of all kinds of Irish food. I keep taking photos of Keogh’s crisps at the various food festivals that I go to in the hope they’ll send me a packet but no luck so far 😉 As always I took way to many photos but you can see them all here.
I left the craft fair early so we could check out ‘I Believe in Christmas’, which is a Christmas experience on at the moment in Dublin. It boasts a 50 foot iconic tree, Santa, Christmas market and more. To be honest I wish I’d have stayed longer at the craft fair. To be fair to ‘I believe’ because of the storm the traders were moved inside the Custom House Quarter centre. The website states it’s Ireland’s first Winter Food, Drink, Craft and Horticulture Festival but we have way more at the local markets here in Sligo.
We did like the decorations and the few stalls that were there. We also liked the Bord Bia and Kilkenny shops and the Lidl food tasting. We didn’t see Santa so can’t comment on that, we also didn’t go into the Apres Ski bar so maybe they were wonderful. I have to say if I’d have just gone up for this I would have been very disappointed. I was hoping after last years Dublin Christmas Market fiasco that this would be much better but it wasn’t. Anyway the website is here (and it looks wonderful). The rest of my photos are here.
So that was our day in Dublin. As we boarded the train home we heard about floods in Sligo due to the storm. When we got to Collooney train station the whole road was flooded so we couldn’t take our usual route home. It took us three attempts to get home including having to drive through some floods, it was very nerve-wracking and I was pleased to get back!