Dublin & Drogheda | Ireland, Part 1 of 3


Ireland is an incredibly beautiful country spread across an area that’s only the size of Indiana. The cities are never too big, and the towns are very charming, but it’s the countryside that really stole my heart. It really is as green as promised.

It was mid-August when my friend Mitha told me online that she was thinking of going to Ireland after having finished her bar exam for law school. Her exact words to me were, “WANNA COME?!!!!” The catch? It was only two weeks before departure! But of course my answer was yes.

We went to Ireland for one week, flying in and out of Dublin, which sandwiched our rail tour out around the south and the west of the country. So in this first post, I’ll share some images from the beginning and the end of the trip, mostly from Dublin with a couple from my inadvertent detour into Northern Ireland!

I found this cafe with free wifi, and it really looked like a coffee bar straight out of San Francisco.

I spotted some workers up on the roof of Trinity College.

I stayed that night at an airbnb place with some guys who work for Google Dublin. I have to say, stopping at Google did make me feel right at home.

We happened to be in Dublin the weekend of Tall Ships, a big  race/festival in the docklands.

The day after we came back from the rail tour, I went on the hop-on hop-off tour in Dublin, which basically has a bunch of tour stops around the city. St. Patrick’s Cathedral:

The Guiness Factory:

The expensive tour at the Guinness Factory was completely made worth it by the view up at the Gravity Bar on the top floor.

Click below to see the larger panoramic.

Kilmainham Gaol, a historic landmark that played a large role in the Irish revolution and civil war.

The images below are of my last full day, when I took a train up north to Drogheda, a suburb of Dublin, to meet up with Suzanne and her daughter Hannah for a ballerina shoot!

The funniest part was when we inadvertently followed some incorrect gps map coordinates which led us up north through the invisible border into Northern Ireland. The neighborhood was even flying a bunch of UK flags. Well, it completed my visit to all four provinces of Ireland, north south east and west. We then turned around and navigated back to Castle Roche in County Louth for the actual shoot. I’ll have to post that soon!

Drogheda by night:

Thank you so much Mitha for having me along on your trip! And thank you Suzanne and Hannah for the tour up north! More posts from the Irish towns and countryside to come.