We woke early to wind and rain,but had glorious sun by the afternoon. We spent the morning touring the city by bus with our wonderful guide James who took us through all the main streets, up to Dublin castle and out to Pheonix Park. We then stopped at St. Patricks Cathedral (like a smaller version of Westminster Abbey) and then headed to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College. The kids loved this exhibit and especially loved walking through the long room of Trinity College libraray.
We had lunch at O'Donohue's (a pub recommeded by Mr. Woodson) and then walked along Grafton Street. Then out again by bus to Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) which was originally a debtors prison and then a place where many of the Irish political prosoners were held. This was a very moving site. Back again to central Dublin for a pub dinner of Irish Stew and apple pie. Our day ended at the Abbey Theater to see "The Last Days of The Reluctant Tyrant." A complex and well acted play that the kids were ALL talking about on the tramride home.
Off to Kidare and the Killkenny tomorrow.
I will log back in when I can. Everyone doing fine and over jet lag now.