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August 8th 2017
Published: July 22nd 2019
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Samuel Beckett BridgeSamuel Beckett BridgeSamuel Beckett Bridge

Samuel Beckett Bridge over the River Lee. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and opened in 2009. DSC_0622p1
Returning to Dublin the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, we drove up the left bank of the Liffey, admiring the many bridges. Because of the delayed arrival of Caribbean Princess at Dublin that morning, the tour was about two hours behind schedule. The motorcoach let us off at Trinity College for some planned free time to explore. We made a dash for Trinity College Library to see the Book of Kells exhibit before it closed at 5:00 p.m. The Book of Kells is an elaborately illuminated manuscript book of the Gospels ca. 800, a must-see in Dublin. We made it in time to see it and its companions on display, as well as the Long Room, the original reading room of the library, now a museum. Afterwards, there was time to see the main campus area and the neoclassical Bank of Ireland building (originally the Irish Parliament) outside the main campus gate.

The motorcoach returned to pick everyone up along Nassau Street. From there, we saw the famous Georgian Doors of Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral (Church of Ireland), St. Patrick's Cathedral and then up the right bank of the Liffey. A landmark I wanted to see was the Four Courts and
Irish Museum of Modern ArtIrish Museum of Modern ArtIrish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art. Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Built as a home for retired soldiers of the Irish Army in 1679-1687. DSC_0723
its famous dome. (The courthouse burned during the Irish Civil War and was later rebuilt.) I did see it, as best I could, as the dome was under scaffolding and much of the facade obscured by summer foliage. Reaching Phoenix Park, we saw the Phoenix Column, the Irish President's residence and the Wellington Monument along Chesterfield Avenue. (Our guide questioned why the Wellington Monument, erected between 1816 and 1861, had not been removed. Wellington, however, was born in Dublin in 1769, though I imagine he does not find favour with Dubliners.)

Driving through the Kilmainham district, our driver/guide told of his grandfather who, as a teenager, had taken part in the Rising of 1916. He had been held at Kilmainham Gaol, but released due to his young age. (We were near the Kilmainham Gaol museum but did not see it.) Our driver was of the opinion that violent action, then and in more recent times, while regrettable, had been necessary to achieve the goal of independence. He hopes for the eventual reunification of Northern Ireland with the Republic, which he believes will happen in the not very distant future. Returning to Dublin Port, we noted the newest River Liffey
Rory O'More BridgeRory O'More BridgeRory O'More Bridge

Rory O'More Bridge on the River Liffey. Built in 1859 as Victoria & Albert Bridge. Renamed in 1930. DSC_0731p1
crossing, the Samuel Beckett Bridge, opened in 2009. This modern bridge is in the shape of an stylized Irish harp.

There is no passenger cruise terminal at the Port of Dublin, so the ship was docked at a cargo pier near the point the River Liffey enters the harbour. (The ship actually swung around and backed into the pier.)

Caribbean Princess sailed at dusk providing a view of the sunset behind Dublin. In the evening Susan and I enjoyed the Irish music of Laura Callahan. She performed most evenings during the cruise and was always a delight to hear.


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Church of the Immaculate ConceptionChurch of the Immaculate Conception
Church of the Immaculate Conception

Church of the Immaculate Conception DSC_0742p1
James Joyce Bridge on the River LiffeyJames Joyce Bridge on the River Liffey
James Joyce Bridge on the River Liffey

James Joyce Bridge on the River Liffey. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and opened in 2003. DSC_0931
Liffey Bridge (Ha'penny Bridge)Liffey Bridge (Ha'penny Bridge)
Liffey Bridge (Ha'penny Bridge)

Liffey Bridge (Ha'penny Bridge). Built as Wellington Bridge (Metal Bridge) in 1816. DSC_0937
London & Lancashire Fire Insurance CompanyLondon & Lancashire Fire Insurance Company
London & Lancashire Fire Insurance Company

London & Lancashire Fire Insurance Company building (ca. 1890-1899). DSC_0756p1
Statue of Oliver GoldsmithStatue of Oliver Goldsmith
Statue of Oliver Goldsmith

Statue of Oliver Goldsmith at the entrance to Trinity College (1864), by John Foley. DSC_0758p1
Trinity College Dublin: Front GateTrinity College Dublin: Front Gate
Trinity College Dublin: Front Gate

Trinity College Dublin: Front Gate. DSC_0800
Trinity College ChapelTrinity College Chapel
Trinity College Chapel

Trinity College Chapel. Trinity College, Dublin. DSC_0795
CampanileCampanile
Campanile

Trinity College Dublin: Campanile (1853) and Library Square. DSC_0796
The Old LibraryThe Old Library
The Old Library

Trinity College, Dublin. The Old Library. Built in 1712-1732. Designed by Thomas Burgh. Front elevation facing Fellows' Square. DSC_0790
The Long RoomThe Long Room
The Long Room

The Long Room, Old Library, Trinity College, Dublin. Built in 1712-1732 as a single-level reading room. In 1860 the roof was raised to allow construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling and upper level stacks. The collection of busts of literary and philosophic figures began in 1743. DSC_0770p1
The Long RoomThe Long Room
The Long Room

The Long Room, Old Library, Trinity College, Dublin. Built in 1712-1732 as a single-level reading room. In 1860 the roof was raised to allow construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling and upper level stacks. The collection of busts of literary and philosophic figures began in 1743. DSC_0774
Stacks Stall "KK", shelf "c". in the Long RoomStacks Stall "KK", shelf "c". in the Long Room
Stacks Stall "KK", shelf "c". in the Long Room

Stacks Stall "KK", shelf "c". in the Long Room. Old Library, Trinity College, Dublin. At far left is: The Bible; translated accordin the the Erbew and Greeke. 1583. KK. c. II. DSC_0779
Bust of PlatoBust of Plato
Bust of Plato

Bust of Plato, by Peter Scheemakers, ca. 1743. Stall "D" in The Long Room. IMG_2355
Library Square.Library Square.
Library Square.

Library Square. Trinity College Dublin. DSC_0791
Bank of Ireland in the former Parliament HouseBank of Ireland in the former Parliament House
Bank of Ireland in the former Parliament House

Bank of Ireland in the former Parliament House, Dublin. DSC_0803
Georgian Doors of DublinGeorgian Doors of Dublin
Georgian Doors of Dublin

Georgian Doors of Dublin. Leeson Street Lower. DSC_0807p1
Georgian Doors of DublinGeorgian Doors of Dublin
Georgian Doors of Dublin

Georgian Doors of Dublin. Leeson Street Lower. DSC_0810p1
Ardilaun LodgeArdilaun Lodge
Ardilaun Lodge

Ardilaun Lodge (Superintendent’s Lodge), St. Stephen's Green. Built ca. 1880. DSC_0832


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