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I admit, my expectations of Dublin were so high I doubt any city could live up to my own hype. It’s not that I didn’t like Dublin, it’s more that I felt absolutely nothing while I was there. Usually when I’m in a new area, I get a feeling from it: good, bad, fun, funky but, in Dublin, I felt bland. On the positive side, we stayed two nights in beautiful lodgings just off St Stephens Green in central Dublin. We were within easy walking distance to Trinity College, Temple Bar, the Liffey River and the Christ Church Cathedral in oldest part of town.

Catholic University Doorway

Lion guarding the Doorway

Fusillier's Arch into St Stephen's Green, Dublin

Fusillier’s Arch into St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

The highlight of our visit was Easter Mass at Catholic University Church just on the other side of St Stephens Green. The Priest’s homily was so heartfelt (he spoke extensively about Human Rights) that it brought tears to my eyes. There was also a choir and a solo singer ~ both sounded so wonderful but the singer had one of those haunting Irish voices ~ what I would imagine an Irish Angel would sound like. I could have listened to her all day.

Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College Campus, Dublin

Trinity College Campus, Dublin

Trinity College Library ~ original editions

Trinity College Library ~ original editions

Beautiful Trinity College Library

The Long Room in Beautiful Trinity College

In the afternoon, we headed over to Trinity College to view the “Book of Kells” which was written over a thousand years ago. It’s comprises the four Gospels and was created by Monks on the Iona Island (off the coast of Scotland). Originally one book, but in the 1950s, it was rebound into four separate volumes. Two are on display at Trinity and two are on tour. Photos weren’t allowed in the “Book of Kells” display.

In the early evening, we wandered around the Temple Bar area but we found it to be a bit of a zoo. My days of stepping over vomit from beer guzzling lightweights are over. We’ll avoid the area next time.

Temple Bar Area Dublin

Temple Bar Area Dublin

Dublin Q here

Literary Pub Crawl ~ defiitely on the list for "next time"

Literary Pub Crawl ~ defiitely on the list for “next time”

I’m very excited we’re leaving the city behind for 4 days and we’ll be out in the Irish Countryside…

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