Ireland (Part 1 of 3)

On August 29, 2018, we flew from Nice to Dublin for a ten-day stay on the Emerald Isle. We first spent some time in the Dublin area, then visited Galway, Dingle, and Cashel before returning to Dublin. This is the first of three pages documenting this trip. Take a look at page 2 or stay tuned for page 3.

Dublin

We spent the day following our arrival sight-seeing in Dublin; we visited Trinity College and its library, took a walking tour led by a history professor, and spent the afternoon exploring on our own, strolling along the Liffey, and enjoying several cups of coffee in various history-laden venues. The photos in this section were taken on August 30 and September 6, 2018.

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St Stephen's Green

St Stephen's Green


Walking down Frederick Street North The General Post Office on O'Connell Street

Walking down Frederick Street North

The General Post Office on O'Connell Street


O'Connell Street... ...leads to O'Connell Bridge.

O'Connell Street...

...leads to O'Connell Bridge.


Parliament Square of Trinity College The Trinity college library

Parliament Square of Trinity College

The Trinity college library


The Long Room In the Long Room In the Long Room

The Long Room

In the Long Room

In the Long Room


The Long Room is home to 200,000 of the library's oldest books On campus

The Long Room is home to 200,000 of the library's oldest books

On campus


Inside City Hall City Hall ceiling

Inside City Hall

City Hall ceiling


In the Dublin Castle courtyard On Winetavern Street

In the Dublin Castle courtyard

On Winetavern Street


Colorful doors Along the River Liffey

Colorful doors

Along the "River Liffey


The waterfront... ...features many different architectural styles.

The waterfront...

...features many different architectural styles.


The Ha'penny Bridge The famine memorial

The Ha'penny Bridge

The famine memorial

"Famine" was commissioned by Norma Smurfit and presented to the City of Dublin in 1997. The sculpture is a commemorative work dedicated to the people forced to emigrate during the 19th century Irish Famine. The bronze sculptures were designed and crafted by Dublin sculptor Rowan Gillespie and are located on Custom House Quay in Dublin's Docklands. This location is a particularly appropriate and historic as one of the first voyages of the Famine period was on the Perseverance which sailed from Custom House Quay on St. Patrick's Day 1846. The area is also home to other attractions that chronicle this chapter in Irish history, such as the Jeanie Johnston, a replica famine-era ship that offers tours of the conditions famine migrants would have endured.


Famine memorial detail Famine memorial detail Famine memorial detail

Famine memorial detail

Famine memorial detail

Famine memorial detail


View on the Samuel Beckett Bridge The Jeanie Johnston

View on the Samuel Beckett Bridge

The Jeanie Johnston


Along Bachelors Walk Along Bachelors Walk

Along Bachelors Walk

Along Bachelors Walk


In the Temple Bar area In the Temple Bar area

In the Temple Bar area

In the Temple Bar area


The Temple Bar Back alley Molly Malone statue

The Temple Bar

Back alley

Molly Malone statue


On Dawson Street Joshua Lane

On Dawson Street

Joshua Lane


In St Stephen's Green Ivy-covered façade at the edge of the park

In St Stephen's Green

Ivy-covered façade at the edge of the park


On Grafton Street Interesting façade

On Grafton Street

Interesting façade


James Joyce statue The Spire of Dublin The base of the spire

James Joyce statue

The Spire of Dublin

The base of the spire

Glendalough

On August 31, we picked up a rental car at the airport and drove to Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains. I mention this casually, but this drive, on narrow and curvy roads, in an unfamiliar car, on the left side of the road, was not exactly a trivial matter. Suffice it to say that everything somehow worked out and we made it back to Dublin in one piece and without any damage to the vehicle.


View onto the Glendalough monastic site

View onto the Glendalough monastic site


The Glendalough monastic site seen from a different angle Ruins at the site entrance

The Glendalough monastic site seen from a different angle

Ruins at the site entrance


St. Kevin's church Graveyard view

St. Kevin's church

Graveyard view


Celtic cross Graveyard view

Celtic cross

Graveyard view


The round tower Inside the cathedral The round tower

The round tower

Inside the cathedral

The round tower


Heading towards the lower lake On the walk around the lower lake

Heading towards the lower lake

On the walk around the lower lake


Lower lake view Glendalough scene

Lower lake view

Glendalough scene


By the lower lake A last look at the monastic site

By the lower lake

A last look at the monastic site


View of the Vartry Reservoir on the way back to Dublin

View of the Vartry Reservoir on the way back to Dublin


The photos in this section were taken on August 31, 2018.
This is the first of three pages documenting this trip. Take a look at page 2 or stay tuned for page 3.





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