I’ve travelled to Ireland to immerse myself in Irish contemporary life: the culture, climate, feeling of place and rhythm of the people. The novel I’m writing has only a small section of it set in Ireland but for it to be authentic, and for my Irish-born, Australian character to be authentic, I had to come and feel it, see it, smell it, hear it. I hope that I can absorb enough of it to pass on the detail in my story.
So today, I’m filling the creative well. I went to The Portrait Gallery in the National Gallery of Ireland to see the portrait of Graham Norton (Irish broadcaster, comedian, actor and writer) painted by the winner of Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year last year, Gareth Reid. I enjoyed watching this art competition so much I just had to follow up. I was secretly hoping the artist might be there too as I’m slightly in love with him (those dreamy artist eyes and all that Irish talent).
I thought a bit of history and architecture might help too, so I checked out the Christ Church Cathedral. Wow, there’s an amazing amount of royal history there, which I won’t go into but did you know that Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus was first performed here back in 1741, or thereabouts, by the top choir in the land? I felt like I was really touching history with this fact as I could imagine the emotional charge in the sound of all those voices and the organ filling the vast space.
The rest of the day was pretty much a walk in the park and along the busy streets full of cafes, pubs and boutiques. The city of Dublin is a thriving modern hub set in predominantly old buildings with short doorways. It’s city of charm and character.
2 thoughts on “First day in Ireland”
What a shame you didn’t catch a glimpse of your artist, I really like the painting.
Dublin sounds like an interesting city to visit hope to get there one day.
Are you enjoying traveling around solo? You are a friendly soul so I suspect you strike up conversations easily and have companions to play a part in your daily adventures.
How are you getting about? By car or bus?
How is your character developing?
I’m sure you are relishing each waking moment of your trip, safe travels.
Hi N. I’m not on my own until tomorrow. I have a car and I’ll relish exploring with free will. My favourite painting wasn’t my favourite artist’s! 🤔 My character is fleshing out and so are her surroundings. Got lots of info this morning. Enjoying the journey. I think you need Pete to build some dry stone walls for you – well for the goats anyway! 😂 Would look very pretty.