Visiting Historic Dublin
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Yesterday my boyfriend (Dublin local) and I went to visit historic sites in Dublin. We went to St. Stephen's Green, Kilmainham Gaol, Collins Barracks and Trinity College. We were supposed to be going into the Pheonix Park also, but were running out of time so we decided to save that for another weekend. I still find it hard to be in the places where history was made. I've spent so much time just reading about it in books, seeing it on the History Channel or hearing Anthony talk about it, actually standing in the courtyard in Kilmainham where the British executed the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising is the most overwhelming sensation. I couldn't bear to take that many pictures there.
After we went to Kilmainham we went to Collins Barracks. There they have the overcoat Michael Collins was wearing when he was shot. They also had the origial green flag with the words "Irish Republic" painted on it that was flying over the GPO durring the rising.
On that same earlier trip to Dublin, I'm actually staying in Dun Laoghaire, Anthony took me to the spot where the cannons that Collins fired at the Four Courts stood. You can still see black powder residue on the bridge. I still think it's odd to be there where all that history happened. I know that my home has history from that same time period (1916-1922) but not like the history here in Dublin. History that affected the fate of an entire nation. I fully plan on studying as much Irish history as a can. Preferably starting at the Famine (as the famine affected my own family) up through the foundation of the Irish Free State and eventually the Republic of Ireland.