Dublin, Ireland incl. our visit to the Chester Beatty Library and the Coach House at Dublin Castle

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    October 2015, lunch, music event, coach house at Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland, our visit.

    On a Sunday in October 2015 we had lunch at the Silk Road Café again at the Chester Beatty Library in the heart of Dublin, Ireland.

    Before we had problems finding a table due to the restaurant being full and one part of the restaurant had been set up for an event.

    We concluded we had to arrive earlier this time around, which we did. It paid off. The Silk Road Café wasn’t that busy, so we could even go together to the counter and choose our main course.

    He had the butter chicken with Pilau rice, Greek salad and a bean and lentil salad. I chose the stuffed aubergine. It was filled with tomatoes, the scooped out aubergine flesh, courgette and onions. It was sprinkled with Feta cheese. My sides were also the bean and lentil salad and Pilau rice and a carrot salad. We shared a Synerchi Green Tea Kombucha and bought two Seed & Bean chocolate bars to take home with us. We paid 31.50 Euro (ca. 35.30 USD).

    We found easily a space in the atrium.

    The meal was delicious and we didn’t have to haste to arrive on time for the musical event we visited at the Chester Beatty Library.

    The music recital was called The Arrows that Murder Sleep.

    It was about classic Irish stories in song and music by a trio.

    The music event started fifteen minutes after the advertised time.

    There was a short introduction of the musicians and what the stories were all about.

    Lorcan Mac Mathuna was the singer, on the piano accordion was Martin Tourish and Daire Bracken on the fiddle.

    The music lasted about 45 minutes and was entirely different to what we normally listen too. We liked it though, and it was beautiful.

    All was in Gaelic / Irish. Only the explanation provided by Lorcan was in English. Otherwise it would have been difficult to follow.

    One song was about Liadain and Curithir, another about a prayer to protect from lightning strike or the tale about Colmcille’s exile amongst others.

    The music varied from being lively and happy to sad and depressed.

    At the end CDs were on sale in case the audience needed a Halloween or Christmas present as the band suggested.

    Feeling up to more culture we went to the adjacent Coach House and saw the Platinum A’ Design Award Exhibition.

    Dublin is the World Design Hub in 2015, so there are year round celebrations of international and Irish design.

    The Platinum awards are the highest given by A’Design. The purpose is to inspire discussion about design and how it influences people and their lives.

    Some of our favorite pieces were the Zephyr (made of aluminum and can be used to hold bike rentals, but looks also like a sculpture and protects against the elements and vandalism); the best bottle opener on the market at the moment, which is unbreakable and uses materials normally only found in Military or spacecraft engineering; RAW restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan; ICE Arena in Krakow; the newest Airport Terminal in New Delhi and artwork in Santander, Spain, which was created for the 2014 World Sailing Cup.

    The exhibition has only opened beginning of October and runs until the 7th of November 2015.

    If you have time and are interested in design, it’s worth a visit and can be done fairly quickly, depending if you are reading each text or just skim over it.

    Would we recommend the Chester Beatty Library / Coach House to a friend? YES!
    Would we want to visit the Chester Beatty Library / Coach House in our future? YES!

    Thank you and safe travels. :)
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