So, finally I got some spare time to write the rest of the Ireland series and the photos are all uploaded now, too.
The Historical Walking Tour started at the front of Trinity College. After walking through the front gates we had a look at the wonderful courtyard and the
Here is some nice photo of the Library Square:
have a look at Wikipedia.
Walking back to the front gate, you can find the Irish Houses of Parliament, which now inherits the Bank of Ireland.
Basically, the purpose of the Parliament back then wasto collect the taxes for Great Britain and it was - according to Donnell - one of the most corrupt parliaments in the world. (read more)
As you can see, the building has no windows. Donnell told us that is is because there has been a tax on windows, so they shutted all of them to save money.
After the ex-Irish Parliament, we went to an old police station, I'll let the pictures talk.
Finally, we arrived a O'Connell Street, which can't be overseen because of its gigantonormous metal Spire.
Nelson Pillar has been about 141 meters or 134 feet and 3 inches tall, so it has been a real landmark for over 158 years. Unlike The Spire it was accessible to everyone and I guess you had a wonderful view over Dublin from the top of it.
SI-Units), which is 404 feet(or HTTP "Not Found" :P) and the diameter is 3 m at its base and 15 cm at the tip. The steel needle weighs 126 tons and its illumination at the tip can be see beyond Dublin Bay. It is stabilized by some buffer, so the tip only fluctuates 1.50 meters. Maybe they did it like in the Taipeh and put some giant steel ball hanging on ropes into it, I don't know.
The Statue shows James Larkin which played a major role in the Dublin Lockout.
In this major industrial dispute, beetween 20,000 workers and 300 employers fought a dispute for the labors right to uninionize. Taking place in dublin it lasted from 26 August 1913 to 18 January 1914, and is often viewed as the most severe and significant industrial dispute in Irish history. I really recommend you to read the Wikipedia article, because it is very interesting!
Our tour guide pointed out the various bullet holes in the O'Connell monument, which was very interesting.
Daniel O'Connell(6 August 1775 – 15 May 1847) was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for the right of Catholics to sit in the Westminister Parliament, which has been denied to them for over 100 years and to repeal the Act of Union which combined Ireland and Great Britain.
After O'Connell Streeet, we went to Temple Bar, which is a place you definitely have to visit. Unlike the name lets one assume, it is a street, not a real bar - but a pretty large one.There you can find for example the Palace Bar, which was established in 1843 and is one of the oldest pubs still in business today. It was very popular because of the Irish Times journalists and - in 1900's - people like Flann O'Brien, W.B. Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh sitting there.
Dublin Castle. The cameras battery was empty and my brain flooded with impressions so I'm sorry I cannot show it to you or tell any details myself. But using the Wikipedia link above you will find some nice and shiny pictures plus some very interesting information.
At evening I got hungry so I went back to Temple Bar for something to eat.
If you are looking for dinner, I would strongly recommend you to go there before or about 19 o'clock, because there are many restaurants and bars offering so-called "early bird" menus. They usually consists of three courses where you can choose between two or more entrees, main courses and desserts each for max. 15 €.
This was the first time in my life I ate Irish stew, which is basically soup made of lamb, carrots, potatoes onions and parsley. I really can recommend you that, the lamb was so soft that it felt dissolving on your tongue like chocolate :-9
In my next post in part 3, I will show you Dublin at night and I promise it will be beautiful and funny the same time!
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