Dublin, like most of the big cities around the world that we have visited, offers a variety of sightseeing options. We chose the City Sightseeing Dublin Company because they had double-decker buses of the hop on/ off variety, they stopped at 30 major landmarks around the city, and let’s see, what else? Oh yeah, one of their bus stops is right in front of our hotel!
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Wolf Tone was a founder of the United Irishmen and a leader of the 1798 Rebellion.
A couple of days later we came back to this area to tour Trinity College and see the Book of Kells.
D’Olier Street and Westmoreland Street converge at the south end of O’Connell Bridge. Our Temple Bar walk on the previous day was just a couple of blocks from here.
Our bus made a complete loop and we passed Oliver for the second time. Goldsmith was a poet (The Deserted Village), playwright (She Stoops to Conquer) and novelist (The Vicar of Wakefield) who graduated from Trinity College in 1849.
Notice the death dates for all the males. They were leaders of the 1916 Easter Uprising who took over the GPO on O’Connell Street and were executed a couple days after surrendering.
English / British administrative personnel ruled Ireland for 800 years from Dublin Castle. Today the government of Ireland’s Office of Public Works manages the castle.
My wife, daughters and granddaughters decided to hop off and visit the two cathedrals (Christchurch and St Patrick’s) and to catch up with us later after the boys toured the Guinness Storeroom.
My next post will cover Part Two of our sightseeing bus tour.
Irish Music Bonus — I Wish I Had Someone to Love Me — Barney McKenna and The Dubliners
Barney McKenna was the sloppy, funny and lovable banjo player who played for the Dubliners for 50 years. He also sang sometimes, usually the same song when the crowd would yell “Come on, Barney!” I guarantee the song will bring a tear to your eye.
Barney died half-way through the Dubliner’s 50 Years tour in April, 2012. The group completed the tour and then John Sheahan, the fiddle player in the video who was the only original member left, disbanded the group at the end of the year.
The clip goes on for eight minutes. Believe me, it’s worth it!