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Seo a leanas roinnt grianghraf ar ár turas go hÉirinn, Cuir taitneamh a bhaint iad.

I thought I would start with some Gaelic Irish. Everywhere in Ireland you see signs and explanations in Gaelic Irish. I made a point of taking pictures of signs etc in Gaelic Irish, it is the Official Language of the country and it is spoken widely, though not easily accessible to us travellers. It is fun nonetheless to try to understand it, an English version is always provided below the Gaelic Irish sign. I say Gaelic Irish because it was pointed out to us that like any language there are many forms of Gaelic, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Isle of Man, Brittany, Cornwall. Meaning that they are all different and would not necessarily connect with the other geographical region where Gaelic is spoken, though they have the same root.

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The River Liffey (Irish: An Life) flows through the centre of Dublin. Its major tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac. The river supplies much of Dublin’s water and a range of recreational opportunities.

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Shelbourne Hotel, overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, this palatial hotel is set in a grand 1842 Victorian building with an ornate facade. It’s 4 minutes’ walk from upscale shopping on Grafton Street. I stayed at this hotel in 1969 when I first visited Ireland with my parents.

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St-Stephen’s Green in Dublin, The current landscape of the park was designed by William Sheppard, which officially opened to the public on Tuesday, 27 July 1880.

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Park with the Holy Well of St-Patrick next to the National Cathedral of St-Patrick, Dublin.

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The French Huguenot Cemetery in Dublin, French Huguenot fleeing persecution in France by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes 1685, sought asylum in Ireland and were welcomed by the Protestants in the City.

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My family name appears on the registry of the Huguenot cemetery in Dublin, amongst many French names. Though my ancestor came to Canada in 1662, this could be another branch of the Family.

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The Oscar Wilde Monument in Merrion Square across the street from his house in Dublin, a fashionable area of town. The statue is made of rare semi-precious stones, the green jacket in Jade from Canada, the boulder of white quartz weighs 40 tons and was brought to the square from an isolated mountain side, Wilde is posing in his famous smoking jacket. There are also many of his famous Wilde quotes all around, all written in the hand of famous Irishmen. There is also two statues, one a torso of the god Dionysius, who represents youth, theatre, wine, the other is Wilde’s pregnant wife Constance. This expensive monument by artist Danny Osborne was paid for by the Guinness Foundation.

I always pass on good advice, it is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong.

The well-bred contradict other people, the wise contradict themselves.

Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.

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Inside St-Patrick’s Cathedral, the funeral monument to the last blind wandering Irish Bard, Turlough Carolan, 1670-1738, poet, composer, harpist. More than 200 of his melodies survive including, one to accompany an Irish poem translated by Dean Swift. Carolan was the most beloved Irish composer of his day.

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Ancient Regimental flags including the Royal Standard of the British Sovereign over the Choir of St-Patrick’s Cathedral.

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The library of Trinity College, Dublin, we visited this ancient library, it is quite impressive.

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The harp of Brian Boru, the National symbol of Ireland, it is said it was crafted around 1320. Brian Boru was the Irish Warrior King that united all the Irish tribes against the onslaught of the Vikings in Ireland in the 10th century. When praying and giving thanks on his great victory after the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, he was assassinated by a rogue Viking, ending the reign of one of Ireland’s most revered and charismatic leaders.

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Dublin by night with the River Liffey.

 

 

 

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