Friday, November 4, 2016

Views of Dublin, Ireland

Our hotel and the above sea side views were across the street.

The pictures above are from The Giant's Garden.  The garden was built based on Oscar Wilde's story, Selfish Giant.  I honestly, had never heard of it.  I added the youtube link for an animated version of it.  It's so good, how had I not heard of this?  

We also had a tour of Trinity College.  The Book of Kells is on display there.  No pictures were allowed, however, the beautiful script and illustrations are amazing.  I'm not going to pretend to understand fully how, where, what and the everything about the Book of Kells.  What I understand is that Monks protected these manuscripts from all kinds of danger through centuries.  These are the first 4 gospels of the Bible.  

The library at Trinity College, called the long room - wow, beautiful.  It houses over 200,000 of the oldest known books.  The library receives thousands of books a week.  

Did you know that the harp is the national symbol of Ireland.  This harp is in the library and is 1 of the 3 oldest Gaelic harps known in existence.  This harp is called the O'Neil Harp.  It is said that the harp was the only instrument allowed to be played during the crusades.  Many harpists held high status during that time.  

You know the song "Molly Malone" the link Sinead O'Connors version:

Dublin is a city full and rich with history.  A setting of cobblestones, painted doors and new industry.  A progressive city which honors it's past.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  
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