This is part 3 of my selection of photos from my recent trip to Dublin. This installment is devoted to interesting signs and storefronts.
The linguist in me was particularly fascinated by the bilingual signs on roads and official buildings and I took quite a few photos to everybody’s bafflement, because people don’t usually take photos of roadsigns. Should I ever end up teaching introductory English linguistics again, these will photos will go into my presentation on the Celtic languages. I now have photos of bilingual signage in all three Celtic languages still spoken in the British Isles plus videoclips in all three languages.
Anyway, here are two bilingual signs:
I also saw some cool vintage neon advertising:
A surprising number of commercial buildings had beautiful vintage clocks. You can see one of them on the facade of the Happy Ring House above. Here are two more:
Of course, we also saw some great pub signs:
For more buildings with literary relevance, here is Hodges Figgis bookstore, which was founded in 1761 and mentioned by James Joyce in Ulysses, ironically in a scene about hitting on women in bookstores. Nice to know that sort of thing was already going on in 1904. Hodges Figgis has an excellent fantasy and SF section, by the way. I also liked their linguistics section, though it was crammed into the furthest corner of the top floor.
We saw a lot of grocery stores catering to East European immigrants. There were Czech shops, Slovakian shops, Polish shops, Moldavian shops and Romanian shops. There also was a street full of shops catering to African and Caribbean immigrants.
Finally, just because it’s beautiful: