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Monday in Dublin

Walking Historical Tour

sunny 52 °F

My first Monday in Dublin was a whirlwind affair with lots of walking.

Sister Robin and I took the tram to downtown, then walked to Trinity College, where Gavin, a post graduate student in literature and history, gave a group of about 10 of us a tour of Dublin; with an emphasis on the historical aspects. He was extremely informative, but at the end we were tuckered out.

Trinity College was beautiful and interesting. It was founded in the late 1500s by Queen Elizabeth in order to establish the new Protestant ascendency; so that the English landlords did not have to send their sons to England for a classical education. We also walked through the Irish Parliament, which is now a bank. Ireland was unique in having its own Parliament, which lasted until the rising of 1798. Westminster took to heart the loss of America and the French revolution.

We also learnt more about Irish/English relations over the years; never very good.

The Dublin Castle, what Gavin declares as the worst castle in Christendom, is closed to the public. Ireland is currently the President of the European Union, and they meet here from time to time; so the entire Castle is closed. But Gavin is right; not much of a castle.

After the tour it was time for lunch at the Christchurch area Bull and Castle pub, where my lunch was the lamb stew.

After walking about and some shopping, it was time for the tram and home to the Cottage.

Tuesday will be the Hop-on/Hop-off tour during the day (save our tired feet!), and then the Literary Pub Crawl in the evening. This will take us round the worlds of James Joyce, YB Yeats, etc. Apparently of the top 50 walking tours in the world, this is no. 4.

Chapel @ Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin

Chapel @ Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin

Please see the photo gallery I am also building.

My blessings to you all!

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Posted by stbrides 12:07 Archived in Ireland

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