[July 05-09, 2010 Ireland] Well I flew out to Ireland for the week – straight from Convergence Con (see below) on July 4, 2010. Was there till July 9. First time in Ireland. First day (July 5), landed, hopped on a bus and went to the hotel. I was tired from the weekend and the plane flight so I just hung in the concierge lounge of the (Marriott Renaissance) Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. The following day (July 6), I did a self-directed walking tour of Dublin. Went around to a few cathedrals and took pictures, then Dublin Castle. After that, did the Jameson Distillery tour, then the Guinness Storehouse tour. Next day (July 7), went on a rail tour – started early in the morning at 5:00am, starting at Hueston station in Dublin onto a high speed train to Limerick Junction, then to Limerick, then to the west coast of Ireland to the Cliffs of Moher, then Burren and to Galway – then back to Dublin – around 9:00pm. The following day (July 8), I slept in since I was zonked out. I woke up and when I was doing my email, I found out that my friend Tim Costello had died of a heart attack – he was only 42. I was really bummed because it was Tim who went to Dublin previously and he was the one who told me where to go in Dublin. So, I rushed out to The Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Dublin and I ordered a Guinness and drank a toast to Tim. That night I just hung out in the concierge lounge of the hotel. Then I flew back to the US on July 9.
Toast to my friend, Tim Costello, RIP, The Brazen Head