THERE’S SO MUCH THAT NEVER GOT PHOTOGRAPHED
Thursday, September 5th in Dublin
As I look back I realize there is so much I didn’t photograph of what we did, and that’s cool because it was more about being there and being in the moment to enjoy Ireland than to photograph it. In fact, I got scolded by Robert on more than one occasion for taking too many pics and spending too much time uploading them on Facebook to document the experience, LOL… but I’m glad I did. These pics are still a source of great joy for me. Now onto Day 3 in Dublin!
We started with breakfast close by. With staying at Mountjoy Square we typically started each day by heading to the major intersection of Parnell & O’Connell Streets – named for 2 major figures in modern Irish history. Near that intersection is the GPO (General Post Office – where the rebels of the 1916 Easter Uprising read the Proclamation after seizing control of the building) and along O’Connell Street is essentially anything you’d need to eat – from fast food to pubs, quick to traditional, so we generally started each morning there and then hopped on a Dublin Bus Tours which were always near there.
I also tossed in a couple pics from Google of the Dublin Spire. The Spire is, in my opinion, a very cool piece of art that compliments that hub-like area of the city. If you look close at the pic it’s textured, but because it looks like a giant flag pole with no flag from a distance and apparent cost several million EURO to build, it is often mocked by the Irish. But I like it.
Parnell St. & O’Connell St. intersection
The Dublin Spire
At this point we were planning our sightseeing and daily itinerary based on the Dublin Bus Tours map (click here to see the map on Day 2 IN DUBLIN – OUR FIRST FULL DAY) so after walking around O’Connell and seeing this and that we decided to heat to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We went to the Church of Ireland (Anglican) one instead of the Catholic one because that’s the one we found easily, LOL… and to be blunt I really don’t care what religion it is, I was just interested in the architecture and beauty. One thing we were to find was some churches charge you to come in for sightseeing… take a while guess how many churches we paid money to get into, if you guessed any number other ZERO you’re wrong. In a country like Ireland, you’d be a fool to pay money to get into a church… they’re everywhere, they’re beautiful and so many are free. Below is St. Patrick’s, you can tell its Protestant by some of the governmental things you see around from the old Brit days like the flags and tributes to military regiments. You don’t generally see that stuff in Catholic churches, or I just didn’t notice it in Ireland. Having been raised Catholic in the US I’ve only ever seen the American flag along with the Papal/Vatican flag in a church, but never any references to the military. The beer keg as a collection pot for the “ORGAN FUND” was quite hilarious.
St. Patrick’s – Church of Ireland exterior
St. Patrick’s interior
Note the ORGAN FUND ; )
Then we went over to the Irish Museum of Modern Art… beautiful building and grounds… I didn’t take any pics inside as I was more focused on enjoying the exhibit. We grabbed a coffee at the café and hopped back on the green bus to Collins Barracks.
Irish Museum of Modern Art exterior and grounds
Collins Barracks aka the National Museum of Ireland (www.museum.ie) was a big deal for me and we spent a lot of time there. In 1997 Collins Barrack became the National Museum but either name works in Dublin. If you know Irish history you’d probably agree Michael Collins in the most important man in modern Irish history, if not ALL of Irish history (and that’s a lot given how far back you could go with the term history in relation to island of Ireland). We spent the entire rest of our day there. The museum is massive and it’s one of those that you really need days plural, not a day, to take in. I focused most of my time and attention on the 1916 Rising exhibits, the War of Independence and Michael Collins – “The Big Fella” himself
Collins, Clark, Connelly & Pearse along with the Irish Republic Flag that flew above the GPO during the Easter Rising
Etchings at the National Museum
Then it was back onto the green bus and home for dinner as we’d been out all day. It was a great day in Dublin.
Up next – DAY 4 IN DUBLIN