A Day in Dublin

Early Morning on Dublin Bay Early Morning on Dublin Bay ┬ęDarren McLoughlin

Thinking about taking a swim?

It was a bit stormy on this occasion even for this man who swims often.

I chatted with him for some minutes as the sun made its way higher in the sky, the bold colours fading to daylight tones quickly. As it happens I had met him before and after our chat he left as I was packing away my camera equipment, the swell was too strong for a pleasant swim.

By then I was finished my day, I had been photographing late into the night in Dublin on the previous night but wanted to make the most of the morning's fine weather that had plenty of interest for the photographer.

During the previous afternoon I led one of my one-to-one Panoramic Ireland Photography Tours of Dublin covering much of the city centre, its sights and character. It turned out to be a great day with plenty of walking and great photography.

The colour of sunrise on Dublin Bay


Taking a break for dinner gave me that usual post-eating slump so to liven myself up I headed to a new comedy evening close to Grafton Street. I had heard about Jesters Comedy Club from a poster in O'Donoghue's Pub on Suffolk Street, it's the black and white one that used to be called the Thing Mote, not the original O'Donoghue's on Merrion Row. Don't get confused because they both have similar facades.

Interestingly the Thingmote was a Viking assembly held once a year close to Suffolk Street in Dublin thing meaning assembly and mote referring to the mound some 40-feet high where it was held.

I've always like O'Donoghue's / Thing Mote and so considered a comedy club held here to be worth attending.

Up the stairs on the first floor at 9PM or 21:00 on Thursdays is where the action happens. While downstairs the chatter, music and gentle sounds of pints being poured are the norm, there is also a bar in the comedy club during the two hour performance that sees several comedians ply their trade.

It was a great evening with a mix of comedians - some from Dublin, some from the country and on occasions visiting performers. The different styles and a policy of not picking on the guests made it a great deal of fun, although sometimes there was audience participation.

To find out more about Jesters Comedy Club have a look at the site http://www.dublincomedy.com/ 

Jesters Comedy Club at O'Donoghue's Dublin

Afterwards I photographed a project for a client in the city, made easier by the entertaining and relaxing time I'd had in Jesters. It reminded me that I don't get out to enough comedy shows. "It's good to laugh." I'm sure someone once said.

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