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Enjoying the sunshine at Glendalough

15 Jun


Getting back on track…

14 Apr

I have been quite quiet recently, mainly due to feeling ill since February and just wanting to hibernate instead of going out to investigate new areas of Dublin. I don’t know about you but I’m a bit of a bad patient so I kept working and going out with friends and therefore prolonging my infection… not the brightest idea! I finally took some time off to recuperate at the beginning of March so I’m now feeling much brighter, and have resumed business as usual.

Here’s a break-down of some of the nice things I have managed to fit in since my recovery:

1) Going to see ‘The Full Monty’ at the Bord Gaís Energy Theatre. My friend Karen bought me tickets for Christmas, and neither of us could believe how quickly it came round! It was a fantastic night; the show was absolutely brilliant and when we left my hands were stinging from clapping so hard. I would definitely recommend seeing it if it comes to a town near you!


Not your typical strippers…

2) Coming firmly last place at the Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum. One of my friends Heather had seen half-price offer on one of the deal websites, so four of us went and had a ball showing off our “skills”. It’s normally €9 each for adults, but you get a lot for your money and can have pizza and wine whilst you wait so would make a great date night as well as being a fun group outing. Check out their website for more details.

3) Being taken for a lovely romantic evening out to The Tea Room Restaurant, which is Bono’s restaurant in the Clarence Hotel in Dublin city centre. I have always had a bit of a grudge against Bono after reading once that he chartered a plane from the UK to New York to carry his lucky hat, because he couldn’t go on stage without it. This is clearly the behaviour of a baffoon, but I did not let it ruin my enjoyment of his establishment! The food was lovely if not a little gourmet in terms of portion-size, but the restaurant was very empty and there wasn’t a lot of atmosphere. We followed it up with cocktails at my favourite bar, Lost Society, who you can follow  on Twitter @lostsocdublin. Don’t forget to follow me whilst you’re at it – @dublin_diaries 🙂


Me and my beloved ❤

4) Enjoying the “sunshine” with Paddy. We’ve had a few reasonable weekends recently, so I’ve been a very dutiful owner and taken the pug for some nice walks near the canal and to the park in Merrion Square. He is never happier than when he’s outside causing mischief chasing other dogs and people’s children!

Paddy enjoying the beer garden at The Bath Pub in Ballsbridge.

a Paddy enjoying the beer garden at The Bath Pub in Ballsbridge.

5) Going to check out the Farmer’s Market in Dún Laoghaire. This morning I met my friend Laura in Dún Laoghaire for a wander around the weekly farmer’s market. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while as I’ve heard good things, and as previous readers of my blog may know, I LOVE Dún Laoghaire. With the sun shining and the stunning views over the bay, you feel like you’re on holiday and I wouldn’t mind making the move out there if I was ever to leave my current flat.

The bay in Dún Laoghaire - beautiful!

The bay in Dún Laoghaire – beautiful!

The farmer’s market is lovely, much better than the paltry Christmas market I visited at the IFSC in December which had a bit of a jumble sale feel to it. The Dún Laoghaire version mainly sells delicious food, such as fresh breads, olives, chutneys, relishes and cakes. There was almost too much choice, and in the end I opted for a tomato and mozerella pizza from Dave’s Wood-Fired Pizza Co., whilst Laura chose a falafel. Both of us were satisfied with our decisions!

Lovely fudge!

Lovely fudge!

Dave's Wood-fired Pizza

Dave’s Wood-fired Pizza



Lovely lavendar

Lovely lavendar – it smelled amazing!

The smells were amazing and it was lovely to peruse the different stalls, although I was tempted by far too many of them! In the end I settled for my pizza and a pair of lovely hand-made earrings from Trinket Box. I can’t wait to visit again when my sister comes to visit in May – I know she’ll love it just as much as I did!

My lovely new earrings from Trinket Box.

My lovely new earrings from Trinket Box.

So that’s me up-to-date – I’d love to hear from any of you if you have any suggestions of nice places to visit in or around Dublin. Leave a comment below or tweet me 🙂


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

16 Mar

Paddy getting in the festive spirit! Happy Paddy’s Day Eve to one and all 🙂 DD xXx

Pampered puppies

24 Jan


Paddy cuddling up with his new teddy

If you don’t have a car in Dublin, your choice of pet shop is pretty limited. There are a few small ones dotted about the quays but I’ve found them to be overpriced and under stocked. I’ve been on the lookout for a local shop for a while as I wanted to stock up on a few treats for Paddy’s half-birthday (sad I know!), and the name which keeps cropping up during my online searches (and at the Dublin Pug Club) is MuttUgly.

After coming across it again at the weekend, I decided to give it a visit. There are three branches in Dublin, but we opted for the Ranelagh store as it was the only one open on Saturdays and is a scenic 30 minute walk from our apartment.

Although the shop is quite small, I was pleasantly surprised by what we discovered. They stock a wide variety of collars and leads as well as bowls, toys, beds, toiletries and even hair accessories (or should that be fur accessories?!) for the more fashion-conscious owner. The shop also doubles-up as a groomers and doggy day-care, so there were about 10 dogs all having a ball in the back. The shop assistant was very helpful and friendly and spent a long time helping us choose what we wanted, and even got two similar-sized puppies out of the back for Paddy to have a play with.
MuttUgly also offers a boarding facility, but the staff take the dogs to their own homes so they are surrounded by people (and other dogs) rather than being stuck in a kennel. At 22€ per night it isn’t cheap, but apparently only a couple of euros more than the DSPCA charge for a kennel stay so I think the peace of mind would be worth it.

After choosing a new collar, lead, microwavable teddy (which Paddy now carries EVERYWHERE!) and some doggy breath freshener which he is sorely in need of, I left the shop 40€ lighter but with a feeling that I will definitely be back to buy more puppy paraphernalia in the future.

For any Dublin Pug Club members, MuttUgly also offers a Pug Pamper session (a full groom including nail clip) for 25€ every third Monday of the month.

If anyone knows of any other local shops, I’d be happy to hear from you!

Happy New Year / Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh :-)

2 Jan

Happy New Year!

I’m now safely ensconced in my apartment in Dublin with Paddy by my side. I must admit I did have mixed feelings about coming back after Christmas – I’d had such a lovely time with my family and friends that it seemed a shame to come back, despite the fact that I was missing the Portugueezer and the pug (a lot). The thought of seeing those two – as well as my new Dublin besties – pulled me through the initial hump and I’m now looking forward to 2013 and what exciting things Dublin may bring…

 Here is a list of my top 10 moments from 2012 – my first year as a Dubliner!


What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Happy Christmas!

13 Dec

As the year is winding down for Christmas and I’m actually spending this weekend in London and Christmas week in Liverpool, I’m going to sign off for 2012.

Thanks for checking what I’ve been up to in Dublin so far – I’ve had over 800 hits in the 3 months since I started the blog and I hope to attract even more readers in the New Year.

I’ll leave you with this picture of Paddy (who as you can see from his facial expression was very keen to get involved) getting in the festive spirit!

Happy Christmas to one and all!



Paddy’s pug party!

18 Nov


Photo taken from Dublin Pug Club Facebook page.

Today was the day I’ve been looking forward to for weeks… Paddy’s first Dublin Pug Club meeting! The day didn’t start as well as it could have because the Union Jack jumper that I had ordered him to keep him toasty warm and patriotic at the same time didn’t arrive on time, but we let this go and set off to Herbert Park anyway.

When we arrived, there were pugs as far as the eye can see. Everyone was so friendly and wanted to know how old Paddy was and what breed he was crossed with. At first he was too shy to join in and just cowered in between our feet, but after a few minutes he was tearing around with the rest of them. He made lots of friends, including a girl called Maggie (who I think he wanted to be his girlfriend) and a 5-year old pug called Hendrix with whom he developed a bit of a bromance!


Paddy being too shy to join in – Photo taken by Denver Breslin

All in all it was a great success and we’re looking forward to the Christmas meeting. I’d encourage any fellow pug owners who haven’t yet been to give it a go as it’s a great way to get your dog socialised and you get to meet people as crazy as yourself!


Paddy hitting on the ladies – Photo taken by Denver Breslin

For more information, check out The Dublin Pug Club on Facebook.

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The Dublin Pug Club

31 Oct


Paddy enjoying the autumn leaves!

Paddy had a very eventful Saturday this week. First of all, he had an appointment at the vet during which he made friends (yayyy!!) with a Siberian husky who was literally more than 10 times his size, and then got a vaccination (boo!). On our way out of the vets, a lady stopped us to have a cuddle with him and told us that she too has a black pug whose name is (you guessed it!) Paddy. She invited us to the next meeting of The Dublin Pug Club, who meet every 3rd Sunday of the month at Herbert Park in Ballsbridge. She was so friendly and excited about it that I instantly decided that it would be a great way for both Paddy and I to make new friends.

After a long walk home from the vet, we decided to stop at Il Valentino (the best bakery in Dublin, in my humble opinion) to get an afternoon treat when we were again approached by two ladies who were out walking their pugs. They also wanted to cuddle and coo over Paddy, and they too invited us to the next Dublin Pug Club meeting. If I had realised owning a pug was such a conversation-starter, I would have got one when I first moved to Ireland! We left feeling like we had joined a secret society, and with Paddy feeling like a mini-celebrity after so much attention.

We’re definitely looking forward to our first meeting (November 18th), and if anyone else fancies coming there is more information on The Dublin Pug Club Facebook page. I’ll be sure to post pictures of Paddy’s adventure on here!

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