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Sep 26, 2019 - Dublin Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

For the first time in all my travels I am staying in a hostel in a 6 bed female dormitory. I have stayed in hostels before but always with a private room. So now I’ve had the experience and I don’t need to do it again.....ever. I’m sure I’m the oldest one here by at least 30 years. The young men stand outside beneath the window and talk all night long. Even with special wax in my ears it is noisy. Also no place to put you stuff to easily use. Everything needs to be kept in a cage under the bed and locked. Someone took my towel that I had to...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

The Literary Pub Crawl was a strange but entertaining way to visit some Irish pubs in Dublin with a group. We would stop at a pub with some connection to the beloved Irish authors, Yeats, Joyce, Swift, etc. Outside the pub we would have an introduction to some history of the pub then 20 minutes to have a drink and look around, then back outside our 2 older group leaders would perform an act, or reading from one of the authors. Before we moved on to the next bar. We started at Duke Pub, then O’Neils, and a coupe of others. I really enjoyed...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Dublin City Tour and Christ Church

The City Tour began at Trinity College and was led by Brian, a history graduate, no less. Was very interesting to me and he did a very good job explaining the political and religious history of Ireland. Even made me feel good about my Protestant ancestors (not Catholic!). He explained that England encourage many Protestants from Scotland to come to Ireland and take land on Plantations, I’m sorry to say land that was taken from Catholics. But these Scotch Protestants were treated no better then the English Church Protestants treated the...

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Sep 20, 2019 - Ireland With Friends

I’m off to Ireland finally. Got a pretty good ticket (I think about $450 round trip) from Philadelphia to Dublin, on Aer Lingus. A direct flight only 6 1/2 hours long. I’m traveling with two retired teacher friends Renee, and Debbie, who both taught in St. Croix some years ago. Debbie just retired and has planned this trip so she won’t miss being back at school in September. Our flight left Philadelphia at 5:30 PM and we arrived in Dublin the next day (today) at 4:40 AM. We rented a car, with the steering on the right and have to drive on...

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Jun 14, 2019 - Hop on/Hop Off in Dublin

Today we took the Hop on hop off bus. It turned out not to be very efficient for us, as our first stop was at the Kilmainham Jail, which turned out to be an excellent tour that put all the pieces of the civil war between north and south Ireland into perspective and gave it a real human picture highlighting the religious differences that led to the war. From there, we backtracked, by foot, (since the bus only goes in one direction) to Dublin Castle and then to St Patricks Cathedral. We stopped for a pizza lunch and finally got back on the...

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Jun 11, 2019 - Dublin, again

11 Jun – Tuesday This morning we head back to Dublin, we are at the bus for 9am departure. Suzanne drops us off, and while we are waiting we see Noelle from the chocolate shop. She is such a crack up. She is taking the bus to Cork to get supplies for her drama group. We are in Cork just before 10am, and Tony tells Cynthea that there is no point hurrying, the bus (to Dublin) would have just left. As we are taking our gear into the bus station, Cynthea tells Tony there is the bus, we could have caught it. But it is the bus back to Kinsale,...

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2019 tour

Jun 10, 2019 - Dublin

We met Kay Cleary, our wonderful guide, and Eddie, our very impressive bus driver, and off we went on our Dublin City tour. Commissioned by Dublin City Council, the Samuel Beckett Bridge (formerly Macken Street Bridge) is one of the two bridges designed by Calatrava, the other being the James Joyce Bridge completed in 2003. The Samuel Beckett Bridge serves as the continuation of an existing street and creates a necessary link in the urban axis between Macken Street/Cardiff Lane and Guild Street. This cable-stayed balanced bridge with two...

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Jun 9, 2019 - Dublin, Cashel, Blarney Stone and Kinsale

Best way to describe today is straight from day 1 of our tour description: Depart Dublin in the morning and travel west to the magical South West. Visit the medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle steeped in 1000 years of history at
The Rock of Cashel. Travel south to one of Europe’s most vibrant counties, Cork. Begin your Cork experience with a kiss of the Blarney Stone and hope for an eternal gift of eloquence. Finish this jam-packed day with a night in West Cork’s stunning harbour town of Kinsale. Only slight mishap was that...

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Jun 5, 2019 - Dublin

05 June – Wednesday We fly out at 17.45, so we check out after breakfast, store our bags and head off to the beach, not that we can swim, too much faffing around with wet gear. Mind you, once we get there we wish we had bothered. We waded out as far as we could without getting clothes too wet, and then went and sat on the rocks while wee fish nibbled at our feet. We were amazed that they were happy to come so close to us. We grab a couple of souvenirs for Suzanne – seahorses of course. We take the bus to the airport, €10 again. We repack...

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Mar 6, 2019 - Yungblud Concert!!!!!!!!

A few weeks ago, Halsey, my favorite artist started putting it out on social media that she had worked on a song with someone and it was going to come out. The song is called “11 Minutes” and when it came out I obviously listened to it a million times. The song was written by Yungblud, who I had never heard of, and featured Halsey and Travis Barker (who was the drummer for Blink 182). The song tells the modern day tragedy about a couple who were high school sweethearts, broke up, but after years apart they finally realize that they are...

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Oct 20, 2018 - Dublin

We were greeted with another sparkling sunny day when arrived in Dublin. It was a pretty non-descript ride from the airport, but it was clear when we arrived at our hotel that we had picked and other spectacular area - Temple Bar. Day #1 We were lucky enough to be able to check in early and we were hungry after a plane delay and only granola bars for breakfast, so we immediately headed out for food. The Temple Bar area is quite similar to Gastown in Vancouver or Pioneer Square in Seattle - in other words, very touristy. But hell, we're...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Sep 1, 2018 - Back in Dublin

I have now met up with the group. Tony and Crystall who I met on the European Peace Walk in 2015 and Ruben and Paco from Spain who are friends of Tony’s. It is not possible to do much justice to Dublin in two days, however I am doing my best. Several historical events here permeate everything! The potato famine of 1845 through 1850 and the uprising in 1916 which lead to an independent Ireland in 1922.....apart from the 6 counties that became Northern Ireland. In fact those six counties are still causing trouble for Britain and the Irish...

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