The Northside of Dublin has some under-appreciated attractions. The Royal Canal is just as lovely as it's Southside counterpart, the Grand Canal. A statue of Brendan Behan, one of Ireland's most renowned and tragic authors is immortalized along the canal near Drumcondra Road. Behan wrote works such as Borstal Boy and The Quare Fellow but the drink did him in and he died in his early forties of alcohol poisoning.Thunders Home Bakery. The treats were indeed sweet but the service was a bit surly.
A bomb was set off in the 1970s which charred the inside of the tower and blew out the wooden staircase. The Glasnevin Trust is working to fund a restoration but it hasn't materialized just yet.
We learned quite a bit about Irish Independence and the Pro- and Anti-Treaty factions of the IRA. Some of the principle antagonists are buried within 50 feet of each other in Glasnevin Cemetery. Thanks to Niall for an informative tour.