Posted by: mkl325 | July 18, 2013

Clare’s Visit Part 1: Dublin

One thing I have noticed about living in Scotland is that no one wants to visit during the winter, which means that this summer I am having a lot of people showing up while I am working on my dissertation. My sister, Clare, arrived last month and stayed for about three weeks. Although I have to spend a lot of time researching and writing, we were able to get away for a few excursions. We met up in Dublin, which neither of us had visited before, and was exciting since the majority of our ancestry is Irish.

We stayed in the dorms of Trinity College.

Trinity College campus

Trinity College campus



The campus is gorgeous.

Sphere within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro

Sphere within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro

And there is the library…

Trinity Library

Trinity Library

not only does it house the Book of Kells, which was amazing, but I have decided that I am going to move in there.

After getting our library fix, a family addiction, it was time to get some Guinness at the Factory.



Guinness Sample

Guinness Sample

Old Guinness Advertisements

Old Guinness Advertisements

Walking around St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen's Green

St. Stephen’s Green

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I know…again with the ceilings.



In the National Museum of Ireland they have the Tara Brooch, which is one of the first things I learned about in my high school art history class. It was made in 700 AD and discovered in 1850. It is considered one of the most important early Celtic Christian art.



Tara Brooch

Tara Brooch

National Gallery

National Gallery

We were there on June 16, otherwise known as Bloomsday. The day is a celebration of James Joyce’s work and life.

We heard some “Joycean Music” at the National Library.

Joycean Music at the National Library

Joycean Music at the National Library

And went to Davy Byrne’s pub for lunch. Look at all the people dressed in Edwardian clothes!


Bloomsday at Davy Byrne’s Pub

We spent our last day walking around the Temple Bar Area

Temple Bar area

Temple Bar area

And finally… we found Bono’s hotel. That was probably a lot more exciting than it should be.

Bono's Hotel

Bono’s Hotel

All in all it was a great trip, and we packed a lot of stuff into 3 days.

Up Next: Clare in St. Andrews





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