Jean and I headed for Dublin last Tuesday morning for a pre-Christmas, mid-week break courtesy of our two daughters (Elaine & Mairéad) and their respective husbands (Henry and Rowan). For those of you who don’t know Ireland Dublin is our capital city and seat of Government. It is about 2 ½ – 3 hours drive from Cork but us Corkonians believe that Cork is the Real Capital.
By the time we reached the hotel we were both gagging for a cuppa and after check-in we adjourned to the bar to relieve our thirst. The bar has quite an unusual name; the hemidemisemiquaver barand the cheesecake that Jean chose as an accompaniment was absolutely delicious. The public areas are all smooth floored and easily navigable in my wheelchair. There were 2 unusual art installations in the reception area.
We then proceeded to check out our bedroom. It was perfectly spacious and had a perfect en-suite bathroom with all the appropriate hand rails. The shower seat was at a perfect height for me as were the sink and mirror.
The hotel has 12 wheelchair accessible rooms.
We rested a while and then headed down for something more substantial to eat before going to the show. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet located at either end of the bar/dining area.
The food was fine and then we made our way to the 3 Arena, which is only a stone’s throw from the hotel, to see the show. The wheelchair section is on the First Floor and offers uninterrupted views of the stage. There are a number of accessible toilets and the upper floors are serviced by elevators. The old adage that ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is definitely true and Jean and I and thousands of others laughed our way through the two hour show and left in high spirits.
We were glad we were staying in the Gibson as the walk/roll back to the hotel took only moments.
There is Luas Tram Stop at the front door of the hotel and the following morning after breakfast we headed for one of the frequent trams and the short trip to the city centre for a bit of light shopping. O’Connell Street is wheelchair friendly and navigable unassisted if necessary.
We were really only browsing but did pop into a few shops for a look around. We yielded to temptation in Arnotts and had a cuppa and a cake. Not having bought very much we decided to call it a day and headed back to the hotel and a after a brief rest we headed over to Stillorgan to Anita and Jim’s home for a bite to eat and a catch up.
I know that it sounds as if we ate and drank our way through our short break but we really didn’t. Thursday morning came around and after check out we headed home and thankfully arrived safely with our batteries still fully charged from the inimical Mrs Brown and her Boys.