Mike our Just Eat dublinbikes ambassador is getting a taste of Dublin City with Just Eat dublinbikes. Check out some of the appetisers, mains & bite-sized side activities he got up to in Dublin!

Just Eat dublinbikes ambassador Mike North Dublin

Attention artists, writers, poets and all you creative types! You might find this blog useful when you are looking for a quiet retreat, a colourful scene or maybe a bit of artistic inspiration. I have come across a few places right in the centre of town, in amongst all the hustle and bustle.

Let’s start with one place you probably know very well, Parnell Square. I’m going to be very frank and honest here; this is a place I knew very little about until a few days ago. I know Parnell Street very well of course, especially for the Tesco, Lidl and the Asian grocers that I go to when I fancy making a curry for dinner! But there’s a lot more to this area than food shopping, I’m told that there are a number of historic buildings and cultural retreats around here. Wanting to find out more, I hopped on a Just Eat dublinbike and headed to the city centre.

Heading towards Parnell Square from O’Connell Street my gaze in drawn towards the curves, columns and arches of the Ambassador Theatre. Built-in 1764 as part of the Rotunda Hospital, it’s been used as both a cinema and music hall. Standing at the entrance over 250 years later you can imagine what an important centre of art and culture this would have been. When it opened its doors there was no such thing as television, the internet was incomprehensible and telephones didn’t exist.

An evening spent at this theatre would have been a night to remember for those lucky enough to have the privilege and you can imagine the buzz and excitement in the air as you stood outside queueing for tickets. What a different world we live in now, the same building now lays like a sleeping giant as the modern world flies past. The model dinosaur that’s currently perched on the roof almost looks like it’s crying out for attention as the traffic whizzes past.

garden of remembrance Dublin

I head past the theatre and towards the north side of the square where the towering peaks of Abbey Presbyterian Church jut into the skyline. To the left the pavement gives way to grass, trees and the blue fence of the Remembrance Garden. Being a sunny afternoon the place already has plenty of visitors wandering round but its flat openness gives a feeling of space. The surrounding walls and trees close out the busy world and as I walk down the steps towards the sunken water feature it feels like stepping into the landscaped grounds of a stately home. The water is shaped like a cross, perhaps to symbolise the rebirth of the nation. I take a moment to sit and think about the hardships and sacrifices people would have faced to win the freedom and independence that is now taken as a basic right. As I leave the square a plaque on the wall inscribed with the poem ‘We Saw A Vision’ gives a glimpse into the mind of those that fought for these rights.

Stay tuned for the next blog where Mike continues his exploration of Dublin’s hidden gems…