Day 01

Dublin Travel Blog

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Kilmainham Gsol--the newer section

After a lengthy flight, we arrived at our destination at seven thirty in the morning. Dublin International Airport. It was cold and raining outside--perfect Irish weather. However, as we piled onto the coach, the skies began to clear and the day became sunny, bright, and pleasant. Much, MUCH better than January in Minnesota.

Our first stop was Kilmainham Gaol. This Gaol is where thousands of common criminals were kept--including women and children. It also housed political prisoners and was one of the few jails that did. Walking through the cramp, dark, cold, and damp hallways was an extremely sobering experience. Here we were modern jackets and shoes while the prisoners of the time wouldn’t’ve had either.

Hard Cider.
We traced the last footsteps of some of Ireland’s greatest heroes after they were captured following the Easter Rebellion. We followed them into the court where two crosses had been placed on either side, a plaque in the middle with the names of the rebels who were executed by firing squad. Kilmainham Gaol was a remarkable place to start off a tour. It seemed to almost set the mood, like, this is what it took to get to where you are today. It makes me appreciate the sights and history of Dublin.

We were let loose to scour the city on our own after this and Kristen (my roommate for the trip) and I wandered up and down the shopping district which was bustling with fashionable Dubliners. We ate lunch at an Italian Restaurant called Little Caesar’s. We dined on great food in a quaint atmosphere.

The only downside of it was that Garth Brooks was playing.

After grabbing some food we headed back to the hotel to take a load off and get some rest, each of us incredibly jet-lagged.

Dinner was at six thirty and we spent over an hour chatting with our other classmates about what we’d done that day.

A bunch of us decided to check out the Pub next door called, The Bleeding Horse. Here we enjoyed a atmospheric pint of Bulmer’s Hard Cider, while getting to know one another. There was a couple in the same area as us who suggested some pubs to check out, which eventually we did. After our pints were finished we embarked on a journey to find O’Donahgue’s, which housed live Irish music and was where the famous band the Dubliners got their start.

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Kilmainham Gsol--the newer section
Kilmainham Gsol--the newer section
Hard Cider.
Hard Cider.
photo by: fransglobal