Visiting Historic Dublin

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The river Liffy, OConnell Bridge

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.

Me, waiting for a bus outside of Trinity College
  I felt it a bit disrepectful to the millions of people who were imprisoned there.  I did take some though.  One of the Chapel, one of the new East Wing, and the cell where Joseph Plunket and his wife Grace spent their last 10 minutes together.  There story is so sad.  I'd actually only heard of it the night before when listening to the song Grace (which is actually about them).  They were engaged and the British allowed them to be married in the prison chapel the night before Joseph was exectuted.  Then they only had 10 minutes together a few hours later. 

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.

I so walked over the Ha'Penny Bridge
  It was surreal to see the actual flag under glass.  I wish they could have had the original Tri-color there too.  I would love to see that as well.  We'd been to the GPO a week, or possibly two, earlier.  I stood there taking pictures of the bullet holes on the front collums and the windows that the Irish were firing through.  I still think it's a miracle that the front of the GPO wasn't distroyed like the rest of the building. 

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.

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The river Liffy, OConnell Bridge
The river Liffy, OConnell Bridge
Me, waiting for a bus outside of T…
Me, waiting for a bus outside of …
I so walked over the HaPenny Brid…
I so walked over the Ha'Penny Bri…
The front of GPO
The front of GPO
The inside of the windows at the f…
The inside of the windows at the …
Me, in the Garden of Remebrence
Me, in the Garden of Remebrence
the Chapel at Kilmainham Gaol wher…
the Chapel at Kilmainham Gaol whe…
the cell where the spent their las…
the cell where the spent their la…
Collins Barracks
Collins Barracks
inside Trinity College
inside Trinity College
the front gates of Trinity
the front gates of Trinity
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