We had quite the Dublin weekend. First we spent Saturday night at the Leinster Rugby match, and then on Saturday we were out and about the neighborhood before jumping in the car and driving off to Phoenix Park to try and find the wild deer herd that live there. What, you don’t know about the deer?
The Phoenix Park, at 1752 acres, is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Park was established in 1662 by the Duke of Ormond on behalf of King Charles II. A herd of Fallow Deer has lived in the Park since the 1660’s when they were introduced by the Duke. Today the herd is about 500 deer.
These deer are a major attraction in the park, and I’ve seen some fabulous up close and personal pictures of them on Instagram since we’ve arrived. We’ve gone out to the park once looking for them based on information supplied on Twitter, but all we saw was them way off in the distance. This time, we decided we needed to get in a walk and thought it’d be fun to try and find the deer where we had seen them back in October. We dressed for the weather and as we walked into the giant meadow I saw them way off in the distance. We kept walking and soon we were as near as we wanted to get. Remember, these are wild animals. Alas, it doesn’t seem that most people there remembered as much. At one point a tiny child was right there on the periphery of the herd while his parents just chatted and laughed. Another family brought food and some of the more curious deer were eating right out of their hand. We turned around and off to the other side of the herd the same thing was happening, but this wasn’t the fawns that were so close to us. One woman had a stag eating out of her hand. No thanks! As we were getting ready to leave someone’s tiny dog ran smack dab into the middle of the herd sending them running. We thought we were going to be trampled, but they veered well before they got to us and then calmed down when the dog went the other direction. You gotta wonder what possesses a terrier to do something like that. Those dogs are nuts!
Soon enough the sun was setting and we had to get back home for an appointment. We walked just over 4.5 kilometers all told, a nice little Sunday afternoon jaunt in the middle of the city.
Yes, I got my hair dyed red. No, it didn’t turn out too great. I’m trying to get the salon to fix it but they maintain they told me the roots would be “brighter” than the rest. I maintain they didn’t tell me it’d be fuchsia. I may have to take matters into my own hands.