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I've been doing some memory lane posts of trips before digital and before blogging.
I first traveled to England with my Mom in 1960
My parents took us back as a family in 1970.
John and I first went together in 1986 to London.
Continuing 1986 with Oxford and Stratford.
Ireland 1991 Part 1 Dublin
Ireland 1991 Part 2 Around Ireland
Ireland 1991 Part 3 Around Ireland
London 2005 with family
Ireland Part 1 2005 Ballyvaughan Aran Islands
Ireland Part 2 2005 Ballyvaughan Dunguaire Castle, Galway
Ireland Part 3 2005 Burren Bunratty Castle Aillwee Caves Lahinch
Ireland Part 4 2005 Dingle Kinsale Inch
Ireland Part 5 2005 Killarney Limerick Ashford
We're at the end of our trip as we stay in Dublin for a few days. The kids will get to meet some McGuinness relatives.
We had rented two apartments in the city centre and returned the rental car.
My sister's family spent three days and we stayed on for another.
But first some sightseeing.
The Four Courts -
Ireland's main courts building, located on Inns Quay in Dublin. The Four Courts are the location of the Supreme Court, the High Court and the Dublin Circuit Court. Until 2010 the building also housed the Central Criminal Court.
It was built between 1786 and 1796, while the finishing touches to the arcades and wings were completed in 1802.
The headquarters of the bank until the 1970s was the impressive Bank of Ireland building on College Green. This building was originally designed by Edward Lovett Pearce in 1729 to host the Irish Parliament, and it was the world's first purpose-built two-chamber parliament building.
TODAY IS JUNE 16!!
Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning.
This is one of the plaques in the sidewalk that outlines Bloom's day.
If you want to do the walk on your own just follow the trail of the 14 pavement plaques installed in 1988 – from the old offices of the “Irish Independent” to the National Museum in Kildare Street via O’Connell Street and Bridge, Trinity College, Grafton Street, Duke Street and Dawson Street.
And here's the man himself, James Joyce.
Dublinia is a historical recreation (or living history) museum and visitor attraction focusing on the Viking and Medieval history of the city. Dublinia is located in a part of Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral, known as the Synod hall.
Dublinia features historical reenactment, with actors playing the roles of Vikings and Medieval Dubliners (in full costume) and encourages visitors to join in. It has recreations of Viking and Medieval era buildings (houses, etc) and street scenes.
This is what happens when kids don't behave!
Lunch at the Elephant and Castle in Temple Bar.
No photos are allowed in the vaults but I think Caitlin's face says it all as I tell her she can touch a mummy.
Family entertained us each night. One night we went to my cousin Ann for dinner.
Brennan with a second cousin Niall.
Caitlin and her second cousin Cleo.
We have a huge dinner and then the neighbours, from Russia, insist we come over to celebrate their new baby!!!
There is so much food and we have just eaten!!
The next night we went to my Dad's sister's house. My Aunt Leila still lives in the house where my Dad grew up.
My cousin Brenda and her daughter Ashling, Brennan and Antoinette.
Caitlin and Jennifer McGuinness, her mom is Susan O'Mahony and married a McGuinness!!
John and I had an extra day in Dublin and went to Guinness.
O'Connell looming over his thoroughfare.
It's a good idea to know which is the Ladies bathroom in other countries!
Parnell's pub across from the hospital I was born in, I wouldn't be surprised if this was the pub the nurses banished my Dad to while my Mother was having me.
We had a gorgeous black cat at one time that we named Parnell.
Charles Stewart Parnell (Irish: Cathal Stiúbhard Pharnell; 27 June 1846 – 6 October 1891) was an Irish nationalist politician and one of the most powerful figures in the British House of Commons in the 1880s.
Couldn’t be simpler, could it? Slán simply means “safe,” and is a shortened form of a slightly longer phrase:
Which means “safe home.”