Despite a drizzling rain (well, what do you expect in Ireland?), a fair number of students participated in the walk. This time, Martine was responsible for choosing the route we were going to take, but she was quite nervous that left to her alone, we might get lost: so she printed out a map and direction for everyone, hoping that someone in the crowd knew how to read a map! It is quite interesting how little we know about the neighbourhood of Bru Chaoimhin, even though we spend a substantial amount of time in the centre each day.
Equipped with maps and directions, and after talking Michael – who was just coming in through the front door as the crowd was getting ready, and had no intention of joining at first) into becoming our tour guide, EVE GHIS expedition team departed.
Lost and Found
We started walking along Cork Street towards Ormond Street, and strolled down to St Thomas Road. Everything went smoothly till we reached the cross road where Scoil Treasa Naofa stands. We couldn’t find Ingram Road. With the innocent voices of playing children echoing in the background, we searched for the elusive Ingram Road. In the end, a kind lady with a lovely Labrador retriever showed us the way. It was indeed the happy moment when we discovered the street sign above Happy News & Booze.
Griffith College Dublin
From there, St. Alban’s Road took us directly to Griffith College Dublin Campus. Griffith College is Ireland’s largest independent 3rd level institution with locations in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. It is home to over 7,000 students from 77 countries and has established partnerships with 140 institutions worldwide.
After Griffith College, it was time to go home. This time, we walked up Greenville Terrace. The street has a row of quaint, small, brick houses. The neighbourhood looked pleasant and one of the houses even had a very pretty cat observing the outside world on the windowsill!
Now the plan was to go back to Bru Chaoimhin through O’Curry Road and back to Ormond Street, but of course we lost our ways again so Schira decided to take control and asked a passing driver for the direction. It turned out that we were off the course, and in an attempt to get back to the right course, we somehow ended up again at Scoil Treasa Naofa, which was the only landmark we recognised anyway.
The walk was already taking more than 20 minutes which was the original estimated time. We were wondering whether the staffs back in the centre were beginning to think they would need to dispatch a search team. So we decided to forget about following the direction and concentrated on finding the way back. Interestingly, although we were trying to get back to Ormond Street, we found ourselves walking on Brickfield Lane, so in the end we walked a big circle around Bru Caoimhin.
The end of the adventure
We got lost a few times and the walk took nearly 40 minutes, but we managed to arrive back safe and sound. Everyone enjoyed our little adventure and we hope there will be another one in the near future!