Because the capital is Dublin…

October 3, 2010 02:18 – 02:18

We’re staying in a restored Victorian house on Eaton Square in County Dublin, a few miles south of the City of Dublin. The house is on the market, if you’re interested, for a mere €1.5 million. With the euro at about $1.35, you can do the math. It’s a beautiful house with lovely gardens at the front and back. Here are a couple of views out the back door.

And, here’s a view out the front door:

Here’s the kitchen from down the hall with evidence of our being here:

Here’s the atrium, which has a door to the back patio and garden:

And here’s the living room:

If we’re true to our usual form, that television won’t see much use while we’re here. To break the house in, I promptly blew a circuit breaker when I tried to plug in my Netgear router. The router wasn’t the problem, though. Instead, it was my 220/110 converter. The device worked fine in Paris last year, but yesterday morning, it went up in a puff of smoke. I ultimately discovered the house’s router’s network key, so we’re online. But, it was a bit of embarrassment blowing the breaker. The breaker I blew also powered the phone system, so I couldn’t call Niamh, the owner’s daughter to find out where the breaker box is. (Niamh, by the way, is pronounced neev. Because the original Irish language doesn’t have a “v”, they use “mh” or “bh” for the “v” sound. If you’re a fan of Ballykissangel, you probably wondered about this when you heard the names Niamh and Siobhan).

So, I walked 1.5 k into Blackrock to find a public phone so I could call Niamh. Niamh brought Rob over, who checked the fuse box (which I’d already found and checked), but didn’t see a problem there. So, Niamh called her mother (Lola) and father, who’re currently in Italy to find out where the breaker box for the atrium might be. Once found, it was a simple matter for Rob to stand on a chair, open the box, and trip the breaker. When we asked about the network key, however, Lola didn’t know what we were talking about. I figured they would have changed it from the default monster hexadecimal key, but I guess not. I then said that the if unchanged setup done by whoever had installed the DLS was still in place, that the network key could often be found on the bottom of the router… and there is was. So, we were suddenly in business.

Fortunately, except for the Netgear router (which we won’t need here, but might need later), all of our devices have switching adapters that work in the full range from 100 volts to 240 volts, so the plug adapters I bought at Village Hardware before leaving home will work just fine for our needs. I think I might need to find a 12v power supply for the Netgear router, however, that works @ 220. I wonder if Ireland has any Radio Shacks.

Today, we’re driving up to Dublin to attend the service at the Dublin Unitarian Church. I know that the Unitarian church in the U.K., Ireland, and elsewhere is a bit different from the Unitarian Church in the U.S. and Canada. Today, we get to see for ourselves. Today’s service is entitled “Jesus as a Revolutionary,” and will be presented by Gavin Harte. The regular ministers have the day off, and it appears that Unitarians here have the same practice as UU churches in the U.S. of having non-ministers take the pulpit from time to time. I sure hope folks in Ireland don’t regard jeans as a faux pas in church, since we’ll be dressed for the balance of the day’s activities as well. After church, we’ll have lunch at TBD (which is where we usually have lunch when traveling), and then we’ll head off and to TBD, our favorite after-church activity.

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