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Strolling through sunny Dublin in a wheelchair

For the first time after a long travel break due to covid, my mother and I went for a trip to Dublin, Ireland. It was a great feeling to be able to observe the hustle and bustle at the airport once again. It's true that the wait for our plane was bit long and we were chasing each other with an assistant for disabled at the airport for a while... lucky to find him at last.

The main reason why my mother and I actually visited Ireland was Glen Hansard's twice-postponed concert for the 30th anniversary of his band The Frames. It was held in the outdoor premises of the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which was built in the 17th century, but currently serves as the Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). However, we did not get to see the exhibits in the museum. Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. If you would like to take a tour, I recommend contacting kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie in advance.

But on the first day, we visited a well-known place near our hotel - the vast Phoenix Park. It is famous mainly for its free-moving herd of wild fallow deer, but we didn't come across any during our walk. Blooming flower beds and swans on the pond will delight every romantic soul. Those who want to see more fauna can go to the zoo, which is located in the park. The terrain is a bit hilly, but it will be fine with a companion or a battery powered wheelchair.

For history lovers, we can recommend the Viking Museum - Dublinia. It tells the story of the Dublin settlement and the way people lived in the Middle Ages. The museum has several floors, but there is an elevator. You just have to go back to the beginning after the tour. Tower of St. Michael is not accessible due to the stairs.

Part of complex is the Christ Church Cathedral. This originally Viking sanctuary has stood here for more than 1,000 years. Before you go through the entrance equipped by a ramp, have a look at one outdoor sculpture. It´s name is Homeless Jesus and he can only be recognized by the stigmata on his feet. The interior of the cathedral is interesting with a floor dating back to the Middle Ages. The crypt there is the oldest architectural building in Dublin, and wheelchair users can get inside through a different entrance.

One of Dublin´s attractions is the slender and shiny spire known as the Spire of Dublin on O'Connell Street. It is a good landmark in the city center for someone who´s lost.

If you are going to Dublin, we wish you a few sunny days, as we had during our trip with my mother. A bit of Irish luck helps for sure.

 

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