“Your name, O Lord, endures forever, your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.”
Every year as St. Patrick’s Day approaches I tend to search for an article or book to spend a little time reading and refreshing my mind about Ireland and its history. I had always wanted to visit Ireland, even as a boy when I probably couldn’t find it on a map! Maybe it was because my Mom’s maiden name was Kennedy and there seemed to be an Irish connection a few generations ago. It was like a dream come true for Pam and me to be blessed with the opportunity to visit Ireland last year. It is an intriguing place, a place that we would like to visit again and stay a wee bit longer.
Today we will stop off in Dublin, a fascinating city with a lot to see and do. One striking thing to us was the helpful and friendly people we met on the streets of Dublin. It was as if we were old friends and they had known us forever. A couple of young Irish lads we met “cut loose to singing” (as we might say in the south) ”Sweet Home Alabama”. We felt right at home. Welcome to Dublin !!
Trinity College was founded in 1592 and is Ireland’s oldest university. It is one of the most esteemed universities in the world and one of the city’s most beautiful sights.
The Campanile of Trinity College is a bell tower and one of its most iconic landmarks.
Sphere Within Sphere by Italian sculptor, Arnaldo Pomodoro, is a bronze sculpture that stands outside the Berkeley Library on the campus of Trinity.
The Old Library is the oldest surviving building on campus. The Book of Kells, a renowned artifact, is housed in the Library. Created by Celtic monks circa 800 AD, the Book of Kells contains lavishly decorated copy in Latin of the Four Gospels of the New Testament. It is one of Ireland’s national treasures. No photos were allowed. The Long Room is the main chamber of the Old Library and measures 65 metres (about 213 feet) in length.
The Long Room houses around 200,000 of the Library’s oldest and rarest books. Marble busts are placed down either side of the room, a collection that began in 1743.
Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. It is situated at the mouth of the River Liffey which flows through the center of Dublin and divides the city in two.
One of three foot-bridges, The Ha’penny Bridge was built in 1816.
Christ Church is Dublin’s oldest cathedral. Originally a wooden church founded in 1038, this building was started in 1172. Though restored in the late 19th century, the church retains much of its original structure.
The church’s nave contains high pointed arches and ornate decoration.
While we were visiting, we were excited to hear a concert by the First Christian Church Chancel Choir of Norman, Oklahoma. The acoustics were amazing and their arrangement of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” was magnificent!
The medieval crypt dates from possibly the 11th century and is the oldest structure in Dublin. It is most unusual in stretching under the entire church. It is a forest of rough-stone pillars which carry the entire weight of the cathedral and central tower.
Gorgeous mosaic floor in the nave!
When we exited, the weather had changed…a heavy downpour of rain was falling. We walked for several blocks with umbrellas, but finally a taxi came to our rescue!
Thank you for reading, we hope you enjoyed our trip to Dublin!
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