DUBLIN TIDBITS

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Too much Guinness

October 1, 2016

Dublin city, in particular, seems to be largely all about the Guinness, which was founded in Dublin in 1759 and still continues strong today.  The Guinness Brewery is the most visited attraction in the city.

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There are  crossing- the- street aids as to which way to look for traffic in Dublin, which I am sure is for the Guinness drinkers and not for the western tourists.

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This colorful, life-size commemorative  statue of Oscar Wilde is made from stone and is meant to depict his colorful personality.

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In the USA, we call these Duck tours but…..

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But in Dublin, they are called Viking Tours.

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Molly Malone, according to legend, sold fish by day and her body by night.  The statue’s nickname is ” the tart with a cart” or ” the dish with the fish”.  All jokes aside, it is a beautiful  bronze statue.

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The interesting tidbit about the Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, which opened in 1832,  is that there was also a tower built  to watch for grave robbers, who would ( supposedly) steal bodies to be  sold for medical research.

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The Irish love their football or soccer or whatever they call it.   The first night in town there was a game and it was immediately  clear it was the evening to hide in the hotel.

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Trinity College in Dublin, was founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1592.

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The Old Library at the college was built between 1712 and 1732 and today  houses 200,000 of its oldest books.  In all,   Trinity College’s library  has nearly 3 million volumes, held in its 8 buildings.

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The Old Library also holds ” The Book of Kells” which was written by Irish Monks in the year 800 AD.  No photos were allowed but the pages were decorated  with  colorful elaborate  celtic designs .  Very  beautiful and interesting to see.

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Lastly, little Irish kiddos on the go and a prayer for all:

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(copied, pasted from the internet)

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Weisser
    Oct 16, 2016 @ 19:29:01

    I had no idea that Queen Elizabeth founded Trinity College or that it was so old—–it looks beautiful.

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  2. Donna
    Oct 07, 2016 @ 13:24:43

    Thank you! I look so forward to you sharing your travels.

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  3. Judy Ludwig
    Oct 06, 2016 @ 08:22:04

    I would have followed that crowd to wherever they watched the game to get a feel of what it was like to experience it all in comparison to us. I would have loved to sit in that library to get a sense of all those books and the stories they told.

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