Well here we have come to the end of my trip. I wish I had been able to go for longer, but there was only so much time that I had off from class and work unfortunately. This was a notably much shorter day, as it was only a few hours before a very long plane ride back home.
The only real trip this day was back to Trinity College to see the famed Book of Kells. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the actual book, because photography of any kind within the museum was not allowed. It was very amazing to see in person though. The amount of details in both the words and imagery were spectacular, and I cannot imagine being tasked to do that job.
After the book we went to the top floor of the Trinity College library, where we could take pictures (finally!). The library was once home to a copy of every published Irish book, but as you can imagine that become a bit difficult over time. It does still have an impressive collection, including various manuscripts and original art pieces. The library also includes a variety of busts of famed artists, writers and philosophers, Irish and not.
We unfortunately did not have enough time to go inside, but we saw the outside of the post office, which was instrumental in the Easter Rising. You may not be able to see from the pictures, but in person you can still see some bullet holes in the building and statue outside.
We also saw the beautiful O’Connell monument, which was built in commemoration of liberator Daniel O’Connell, and the Dublin Spire.
Well that was the whole day apart from the plane ride back home. I decided that since this post was so short, that I would create a bit of a bucket list for those of you who may go to Ireland in the future. It’s basically just a little list of what out of my trip I think that everyone should do if they visit the emerald isle.
- Blarney Castle
The best experience for me by far was the trip to Blarney castle. The building architecture was extremely impressive, and the view from the top was just breathtaking. If you visit Cork then definitely go and see the castle and kiss the Blarney stone. You will not regret it.
- Black Taxi Tour
Even if you are not usually interested in history or politics, you should do this tour. It is extremely important when visiting Belfast to understand its complex political history, and why it is the way it is today. Not to mention, the drivers who give these tours were present during “the troubles” and though possibly biased will have first hand knowledge of all the problems involved. If you visit Belfast, do not miss this opportunity.
As someone who is terrified of heights, I can understand how this may seem imposing to some people. However, it one of those things that you just need to do in your life. Face your fears and you will be rewarded with an absolutely lovely view of the ocean and surrounding islands.
- Take a bus tour with Extreme Ireland.
There are a lot of different tour companies that you can book with, but in my experience Extreme Ireland was the best. They are so knowledgable about Irish history and culture, and make the actual bus ride as enjoyable as the actual destination
- Guinness Storehouse
This is a must if you are going to Dublin, or anywhere near Dublin. Even if you don’t like Guinness (but seriously who doesn’t) you should still drop by just to see this really incredible building. Learn about the really interesting history of the company, and the buildings 9 thousand year lease. Or even see the amazing panoramic view of Dublin. Whether you drink Guinness or not, this building is a must see.