Hollywood- the first one

Still not quite believing that we really went to Ireland. The encounter did not disappoint. Ireland was hauntingly beautiful. What came as a surprise, on our first day of exploring, was rounding a corner to see this sign. A  familiar name that stood out against the hillside and seemed absolutely surreal.

Hollywood sign,a small village in Ireland and perhaps the original site
Hollywood-Ireland

This Hollywood is  located south of Dublin. It is a tiny rural village, and quite likely the original claimant of the name.

 

A dreamscape setting - Hollywood,Ireland
A dreamscape setting – Hollywood,Ireland

The village  inn was  buzzing, as locals and visitors mingled in the paved courtyard ringed by stone outbuildings and stables. It was not hard to picture a past when the village had a different pace.

Hollywood inn sign
Hollywood inn sign

It seemed there was a party atmosphere in Hollywood that day, and below the reason, vintage visitors of a time past when the horses were being replaced.

Vintage car at Hollywood
Time warp

Could this  be the original fiddler on the roof?

Opposite the inn at Hollywood, a cottage with a figure of a diddler on the roof
Irish fiddler
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