Celbridge to Dublin City University- A Travel Blog

Celbridge to Dublin City University- A Travel Blog

My new travel blog . . .

As travel blogs are the new thing we thought that we would add another string to our bow with our very first travel blog.

I recently travelled around one third of the M50 recently. It was early in the morning so traffic was fairly light.

Liffey Valley

It is worth mentioning that Gatso vans usually make an appearance on the N4. If you travel at or below the speed limit it gives you the chance to view the scenic approaches to Liffey Valley.

Phoenix Park

In the distance you can see the trees of the Phoenix Park. Do not linger on the view too long as you may miss the transition lane onto the M50.

The journey is a fairly hassle free experience with the highlights being the Blanchardstown interchange crossed by the railway line, canal, N3 and of course the “poo pipe”. Apparently it is the “busiest” interchange in Europe.

The horizon at Finglas is dominated by the electric substation and water tower. Make sure you are in the right lane for your exit at this stage.

One thought that crosses the mind . . . Does anyone miss the Ballymun Towers?

Arriving near my destination the next question is where is DCU? There is one small brown sign pointing to the Helix and is easily missed.

And where exactly is DCU? Is it Ballymun? Finglas? Or is it Glasnevin?

Dublin City University

The Campus extends along the Collins Avenue Extention. A mainly urban tree lined environment with a selection of traffic light and feeder lane intersections.

Parking at DCU is right at the front of the campus and is very handy for the business school.

DCU business school itself falls victim to most post-modernist architecture in that it has no discernible front entrance.

The upper floors are, however, graced with two protruding glass faced fire exits that work really well when observed from the inside.

For travelers on a budget DCU offers well priced accommodation which is plentiful during college vacations.

https://www.dcurooms.com

The return journey can also include a slight detour to Ikea on the way back to Celbridge.

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Celbridge The Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East – Tourist Information

Information for a tourist visiting Celbridge

There are only two vital pieces of Celbridge tourist information that you need when visiting The Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East.

Celbridge tourist information - the gateway to Ireland's Ancient East
Tourist Information in Celbridge

The first item that you really need to know about when visiting Celbridge is where to find refreshment. Halo Café is located just off the Maynooth Road right beside the front door of Tesco. Established in 2009 it has a history of mildly amusing blackboard signs and providing great homemade food and fantastic scones.

Parking in Celbridge

Please be aware that parking in Celbridge can be expensive if you ignore the obscure signs, odd timings and efficient traffic wardens.

The simple alternative is to park beside Halo Café. You are then free to pick up a picnic and explore the Celbridge tourist trail at your leisure.

Celbridge tourist trail and Arthur’s Way

You may like to follow this link to a Walking Tour of Celbridge. It features some of the places of historical interest in Celbridge.

Arthur’s Way is a longer trail that may require some extra planning. It is 16km in length and is probably best carried out by bicycle.

Picnic time

If you are planning a visit to Celbridge we are more than happy to arrange picnics for your party. Please call us on 0035316276686. 

If you wish to use Halo Café as a meeting place after your tour you are most welcome. We have real Italian coffee and the famous Irish Maud’s Ice Cream to refresh you.

Meeting Point

We have found, over the years, that Celbridge is an ideal meeting point for tourists. Fly into Dublin Airport, pick up your hire car, and head to Celbridge.

We recently hosted a breakfast where friends from New York, Florida, Birmingham (the English one) all met up in Halo. The were heading off to Mayo to a rented holiday home.

We are in a really handy location. You can get your breakfast at Halo Café. Pick up sunscreen and insect repellent at Walsh’s Pharmacy and a rain jacket in Tesco.

If you are heading to The Wild Atlantic Way you will need these items for sure. Experiencing four seasons in one day is a definite possibility.

Enjoy your stay in Ireland and keep following Halo Café for travel advice, pearls of wisdom and general lunacy .  .  .

For a full look at what to do, where to stay and where to eat in Celbridge click on this link for Discover Celbridge

Unre-“lent”-ing month of giving up

Re-“lent”-less Pressure

You do remember the season of Lent don’t you? It started a few weeks ago! Ash Wednesday, remember?

You have probably forgotten all about it now. It’s probably gone the way of your New Year’s Resolutions.

If you look at our café display in the morning it is loaded with scones and pies and chocolate treats and homemade brown bread.

By the afternoon our customers have stripped it bare. Either by sitting down in the café with a coffee and a plate of goodies or filling red takeaway bags.

Temptation

We would like to apologise for putting temptation in front of you on a daily basis . . . But it’s our job!

So, if you are still staying off stuff for Lent, congratulations, well done, good job. Keep at it.

We won’t increase the pressure by posting pictures of warm apple and rhubarb pies gently steaming with a side of freshly whipped cream.

We will just write a few more sentences detailing the sinful delicacies available in Halo Café. Like the ROCKY ROADS, RICE KRISPIE MARS SQUARES AND CARAMEL SQUARES. Sorry for shouting and all . . .

I should also mention that we have now added pancakes to our menu. They are available with maple syrup. With crispy smokey bacon. With fruit compote and for the child in all of us . . . Nutella!

Pancakes were such a hit on Pancake Tuesday is seems a shame to keep them for just one day of the year.

You have been telling us for the last seven years to get them on the menu and we have now made space to accommodate your desires.

Delighted that you have managed to read our monthly post and hope that your giving up for Lent is holding firm.

Mind you! Paddy’s Day is on the way which means that most of you who have laid off the booze will be taking a one day break from your giving up!

 

Resolution month is over. Get on with breakfast and February.

New year’s resolution? Did it work?

If you made a resolution this year you should be well over that by now. That is, if you even succeeded in keeping it more than a few days.

Remember the birthday party you had to go to on the second day of January? The leaving party drinks you had after work one day. That Christening where everyone had to raise a glass to the sleeping babe and the glowing parents.

Resolution at Halo Cafe beside Tesco Celbridge
January

So if it really was “Dry January”, congratulations. If you took our advice and walked that extra mile, then even better, well done. You’re looking shocking well.

It is now back to reality. Well sort of. There is the little subject of Valentine’s Day coming up. Spring is in the air and there’s nothing half so sweet in life as love’s young dream.

First Dates Café

Halo Café has quite often been the location of first dates. There are no airs and graces here. You can be sure of a friendly welcome and there are no long words on the menu.

There are plenty of choices on the menu but you won’t find oysters or asparagus. We have plenty of chocolate treats available if you are looking for an aphrodisiac.

How do you like your eggs?

If you can’t decide what to have then the answer is simple. Breakfast is the food of love. Just make sure you tell us how you like your eggs, your toast and your coffee.

Halo Cafe beside Tesco Celbridge
February

If you are planning a romantic get together at Halo Café there is no need to worry about embarrassing silences. We have a scrolling collection of our blackboard signs that will keep you amused and give you some talking points.

And if you are keeping up with the walking there is no better place than a stroll along the Liffey and Castletown House. Get out there and enjoy the walks, the fresh air and the scenery.

Drone

Funny chalkboard signs from an Irish Cafe

Drone sighted in Celbridge

Sometimes you just read the black board and smile or shrug your shoulders and move on to the next thing in your life.

There are other times where you read the post until you get to the very end and realise that you have just wasted two and a half minutes of your life reading the tedious ramblings of someone who obviously drinks too much coffee and failed his punctuation test at school when they still had slates and a stylus.

Right now you are probably stifling a yawn and thinking how much longer is this post going on for? The eyes are starting to glaze over and you remember that time when you were sitting next to a Drone on a two hour train journey to Cork with no chance of escape.  Even feigning sleep was no escape as every time you passed a landmark the drone nudged you with his elbow and gave you the complete history, geography and biology of the said landmark.

So I won’t give you with too much history. You can wait for Heritage Week for all that stuff and stop reading right now.

Then again you don’t want to stop reading now just in case there is an actual point to this post and could the last paragraph contain some absolutely vital information that will have a mind blowing effect on the rest of your life?

Nope!

I have just been droning on and on and on and on and on whilst enjoying a large Americano in Halo Café.

(There! Told you! Product placement. He does that all the time!!)

Disclaimer: Please note although this post is semi-autobiographical it does not represent any customer either living or dead. Although we do try to dissuade our deceased customers from calling in.

Heritage Week in Celbridge

Celbridge Food

Heritage Week in Celbridge for history, activities and good Irish food

Looking forward to Heritage Week in Celbridge.

We have a couple of lectures on our post-graduate program relating to Blackboard Studies.

  1. Calcium Carbonate (chalk) – 90 million years BC to the present day. 3 years of study and a dissertation.
  2. Halo Café Blackboards 2009 to the present day. About 25 minutes over a mug of coffee and a scone.

Choose the course that suits your own time frame. . .

Heritage week and Celbridge Food
Heritage Week including Irish Food week

Here are some other activities to enjoy during Heritage Week 2017. 

Thank you for your thank you

 

Thank you

Sometimes you get a lovely little email that really warms your heart.

“Thank you so much for the beautiful lunch, your food is amazing and your team so professional, they are a credit to you. I will definitely be back the next time we are organising an event and I will be recommending your catering to anyone who will listen !!”

This was a pre-conference breakfast and then lunch for 90 people, in a marquee, in the middle of a field. It also took place in the middle of a typical Irish Summer . . . Torrential rain.

Halo Café – The Party Catering Company