Meet Dublin

At the appointed time, we waited at the designated spot to meet up with our guide and the rest of the tour members. At around ten people, the group was a perfect size. Off and on drizzle and breeze continued throughout the morning as we followed our leader from one landmark to another throughout the historic center. He wore a warm scarf as did many people throughout Dublin. Not long into the tour, we wished we had one as well.

Our guide led us to the Old Parliament House, Dublin Castle, City Hall, Four Courts, and Christ Church Cathedral, explaining about each of them. He certainly knew his subject and was quite animated, but he talked far too long, belaboring the minutiae of history — by the end of the tour, we were ready to collapse from hunger and, I am embarrassed to admit, a bit of boredom.

Still, it was an excellent introduction to the city of Dublin.

The Campanile of Trinity College -- built in 1853 by Sir Charles Lanyon

Gracing the grounds of Trinity College, this 100 foot high Campanile may be one of the most photographed sites in Dublin, with the possible exception of a pint of the good Guinness.

Dublin Castle: The “Record Tower,” sole survivor of the original Medieval castle that dates from 1228.

A colorful roof at Dublin Castle

Lady Justice oversees the action at Dublin Castle. In this case, Justice is not blind.


A mosaic tile floor at Dublin’s City Hall features the city’s coat of arms, granted to the city in 1607. Its motto: “Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas” means “Happy the city where citizens obey.”

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