Ireland Part 2

At Dunluce Castle, I took the time to enjoy a video about the archeology which has served me well through the rest of my trip. Now I see what I couldn’t see before. Missing joists, rotted out scaffolding, fireplaces, ovens,where floorboards and missing plasterwork would have been.

Dublin is full of  Georgian architecture because it was not bombed during WWII. It was very easy to get around with two rivers, it is actually a difficult city to get lost in. One of the things that I learned is that nearly all of the major ports in Ireland were settled by Vikings. Eventually they assimulated.

I took the tour around Trinty specifically because it was 10 pounds and the admission to the library was 9 pounds anyway so I figured I would help the students out. Our guide was a second year and extremely funny. His dry humor made the tour. Their eating hall fell down three times, he talked about a gun battle between a professor and his students in the 1800’s which made Trinity rethink their firearms policy. The book of Kells was interesting and they have a nice exhibit to walk through that talks of the making of Vellum, inks, old books, etc, but what was most impressive was the Long Room. It is not only the longest room in Ireland but it is covered floor to ceiling with books. Of course, we can’t touch the old volumes or take photos, but I was so glad I went up there.

KilKenny Castle and Village: a picturesque castle and cute little village attached.

Glendalough was gorgeous so far my highlight of the places I went when I stayed in Dublin. The monastery was established in the 6th century and though attacked by Vikings, it remains a lovely quiet spot. It was pouring while was there which made it even feel a bit more realistic.

Dunmore Caves: The calcite formations inside the caves were very interesting, however the description of the Viking attack makes a depressing tour. Almost 1000 elderly men, women and children died in the attack. They went into the cave to hide which the young men stayed above to fight. Some of the young men turned back towards the cave(No one knows why) and then the vikings discovered the entrance. They went down killed the useless and took slaves of others.

Blarney Castle: The grounds, Rock Close were more interesting than the castle. I kissed the Blarney stone, which is really just part of the wall, I think at this point I should have kissed the witch stone. She was much more interesting 🙂 It’s one of those silly things, I am glad I did.


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