Well guy's, I'm back after my first FR
experience & my first DUB
departure experience. Getting to the airport though proved a bit of a problem. First of all, and I think I speak from everyone in the country who does not live in Dublin, I want to say to all the Dubs out there, we don't know our way around our nation's capital, so can you please put in place some measures to assist us in finding our way around. I am not asking for every single place to be signposted to death but just a few simple ones such as what exit you take on the M50 to get to Limerick & Cork. They are afterall, two of the biggest cities in the country. Anyway, long story about to follow. The reason why a trip to DUB
turned into such a nightmare actually started on Friday night. I arrived in from DUB
to Bewley's Hotel in Leoprdstown no problem. Got the Aircoach to the city centre & hung around there for a while before getting the Luas out to Sandyford, where I met up with my girlfriend, who was driving fron Bundoran. We were going to the annual Taoiseach's dinner in the City West & I knew that to get from Bewley's Hotel to the City West was take the M50 Northbound & get off at the Red Cow & head towards Limerick. Now I was aware that the Red Cow was being dug up so we were extra careful looking out for signposts but all we saw was a sign for N7
& Ballymount Buisness Park but no mention of anywhere else, most notably, Limerick. However, we knew the N7
was the road to Limerick so we presumes we were supposed to get off at that exit. However, once we left the M50, N7
was no where to be seen on any signpost anywhere & all that was left were signs for Ballymount Buisness Prk. So we decided to follow signs for Ballymount Buisness Park & wound up in an industrial estate. Well to make a long story short, we eventually after trying every possible combination of exits at the Red Cow junction, found our way to City West after over two hours in the car. I have to say, those two hours were more stressful than the most stressful two hours I ever spent anywhere before in my life. Why don't people up there in Dublin who are in charge of things like that stop & think hey, maybe some people who don't travel this way every day are unsure what way to get to Limerick so maybe we should put up a sign to help them out. I really don't understand that mentality. People make fun of places like West Kerry for not being signposted but at least in West Kerry, there are only a few roads that you can go wrong on & at least you don't have the additional frustration of heavy traffic thrown in on top of it. I have driven around New York, Boston & Washington DC & never gotten badly lost but I can't for the life of me find my way around Dublin in a car. If I lived there, I would take it out & burn it.
Now, for the second part of the story. After hearing the awful weather forecast about high winds, I actually decided to get the train since I absolutely had to be home by Monday morning. We started the day off at Dundrum Town Centre. Once the time came to head for the train, my girlfriend was going to drop me at the station & then head off back to Bundoran & we decided that with the awful experience of the M50 the previous Friday, we would make our way to Heuston Station via the city centre. Well I found out that at least the bad signposting department up in Dublin City Council aren't biased against the West because after leaving Dundrum town centre folowing the signs for the City Centre, after a while they gave up on signposting that as well so we wound up hopelessly lost again. On a few occasions, we came across signposts for things like "Grafton Street Area" & "Henry Street Area" & we thought well at least if we got there, we would know where we are but obviously, Grafton Street & Henry street were not directly straight ahead from where we were & a turn was necessary at some point but do you think it was signposted? Of course not. Not only is there no signposts to tell you what way to go but most of the streets don't even have street names on them so when we tried phoning people who knew their way around Dublin, we couldn't even give them a street name to indentify where we were. Anyway, to make another long story short, I missed the train & it was a two & a half hour wait until the next one.There was an airport express bus outside the station so I said to hell with it, I'll just get the plane back. So got on the bus & got a trip via the port tunnel to the airport. I can't imagine how bad it is for tourists to find their way around Dublin in a car given the hell we had in finding places. Will ye ever learn that not everyone in the country has spent time as a Dublin taxi driver. I am definitely getting myself a sat nav system because I could not go through that again.
Luckily enough, the flight home was grand. No turbulance at all despite the horrible weather forecast. The loads on the flight home was very encouraging, much more encouraging than on the way up. The plane was at least 80% full & just by watching the people getting off the inward leg tleg of the flight, it looked as if the evening SNN
flight was pretty full aswell. I had an otherwise pleasant weekend in Dublin but my god, can you please help us out by putting just a few signposts up. PS
, sorry it there are spelling mistakes in the above rant but proof reading it was making me mad so I had to give up.
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