A Literary Legacy

Our itinerary allowed 2 full days in Dublin so we knew that we would need to choose wisely and plan our days if we were to see the things that were of interest to us.

Three of the most poular attractions in Dublin are the Book of Kells at Trinity College, the Guiness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol.  The Guiness Storehouse missed the cut on our must do list but the other two were definitely on our ‘to do’ list.  Since there can be lengthy queues for both the Book of Kells and Kilmainham Gaol we decided to dedicate one morning to each in the hope of minimising the waiting time.

We started with the Book of Kells but we did not have any firm plans for the rest of the day.

Like many similar attractions, there was no photography allowed, however, there was an opportunity to photograph the magnificent interior of the Old Library with its barrel-vaulted ceiling and 2 levels of thousands of antique manuscripts.

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We did not have to queue for long but by the time we came out there was a longer waiting time.  However, the surroundings are rather pleasant.

IMG_0976Meandering through the city soon brought us to St Stephen’s Green and numerous statues, including one of Dublin’s favourite literary sons, James Joyce.

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The National Library had an extensive exhibition on W B Yeats which had largely been donated by his family over a period of nearly 50 years.

We found a statue of ‘Molly Malone’ who was immortalised in the song “Cockles and Mussels” in one of the city streets.

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Then it was off to the north side of the river to the GPO in O’Connell Street where there was an exhibition titled, “Letters, Lives and Liberty” which happened to have free admission because it is “National Heritage Week” this week.  The actual building is impressive, although the facade is all that remains of the original Georgian building as the rest was destroyed during the Easter Uprising of 1916.  It was repaired some years later.  Here is a photo of the interior.

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The day was not entierely devoted to literature.  We also visited ‘The Little Museum of Dublin’ which is opposite St Stephen’s Green and saw this haunting sculpture near the River Liffey.

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It pays tribute to those who died during the Great Famine in the mid 1800’s and those who emigrated on ships such as the “Jeannie Johnston”, a replica moored nearby.  Many of the people emigrating did not reach their destination as they were already desperately ill before boarding the vessels.

The next day was a change of pace but more about that in the next post.

 

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  1. Loving the blog. So looking forward to going to Ireland one day. Your last photo was one I used in my family history book.

    • Glad you are enjoying the blog. The statue is one of the most moving I have seen – haunting is the best word I could find to describe it.

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