|Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship replica|
The Custom House, originally completed in 1791 was responsible for the collection of custom duties.
Making our way to the Brazen Head, Alan enjoyed a Guinness in the convivial downstairs patio area as we waited for our dinner/show time. (Unfortunately, no gluten free options for me.) Ascending the narrow stairway to our dining room, we shared a table with 8 other tourists, and quickly became friends with our table mates. The program started with Irish history being woven with folklore and was interrupted periodically by the service of our three-course dinner. Alan opted
|At the Brazen Head Pub|
The following morning, we made our way to St. Patrick's Cathedral. This Anglican Church (previously Catholic) was founded in 1191 and is the national cathedral for Ireland. A lovely park adjoins the church. A few blocks away, we found the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral (previously Catholic) which was established around 1028. You can experience a drone visit of the cathedral here.
Trinity College, founded in 1592, has a beautiful campus and is home to the largest library in the country with 6.2 million volumes. The library houses the Book of Kells, created in 800 AD by Celtic monks. The illustrated text depicts the 4 gospels of the New Testament written in Latin. The book, which is considered to be one of the oldest in the world, can be seen with a tour of the library for 10 euros, but we decided to forego that opportunity, even though the book is considered a national treasure.
|Oscar Wilde at the entrance to Merrion Square|
The Guinness Storehouse and Jamison Irish Whiskey distillery tours are popular tourist attractions, but we by-passed on those stops. Since Alan prefers wine and I prefer bourbon (and can't drink Guinness) and neither of us cares for whiskey, it would have been a wasted trip for us. But, we were lulled into a pub in the Temple Bar area by the music filtering out the doors and the raucous crowd inside. With 740 pubs licensed in Dublin, we haven't been able to figure out where we were, but suffice it to say that the Guinness was flowing, the musicians talented and the tourists (including us!) were all having a grand time.
The following morning we hired a taxi to travel to the other side of the city for our rental vehicle. Now on to the countryside.
|St. Stephens Park|
|At Trinity College campus|
|The Famine Memorial|
|At St. Stephen Park|
|St. Patrick's Cathedral|
|Christ Church Cathedral|
|The Custom House|
|In the Temple Bar area|