2005-07-18a Ireland Trip Page 1-Why Ireland? My sister, Kallene, and her mom wanted to take me on a trip when I turned 50, and so planned it 2 years ago when I said I had wanted to see Ireland for a long time. Although Nancy was not able to go after all, we had a wonderful time exploring the country of our ancestors and getting to spend a prolonged time together that we were never able to before. Since my father's death 3 years ago, a small inheritance provided the means to make this journey for me, my first big trip since visiting India in 1977 with Richard. I hope you enjoy these vignettes from our 12 days in Ireland and Scotland, with its thousands of years of human history-settlers and invaders, saints and scholars, kings and queens, castles and monasteries, pubs and potatoes, sheep and flowers!!
Our first day at St. Steven's Green park in the middle of Dublin. In 1845, the potato "Blight" caused the population of Ireland to go from 9 million to less than 3 million. 1-1.5 million people emigrated to the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Now there is 5.5 million people in Ireland.
Our gorgeous flower landmark to find our way back to the B&B!
First stop, to see Ireland's greatest cultural treasure. It is sumptuously decorated and illustrated, the manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin. It represents the pinnacle of Celtic Christian art which flourished between the 7th and 10th centuries AD.
Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is kept, was opened in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth.
Mary Carr, widow of Dr. Patrick Carr. We're having tea in Dublin near Trinity College.
We went back through St. Stephen's Green on our way back with Mary.
Kallene's birthday dinner, so gracious provided by her mom, Nancy Wheeler.
Afterwards, we went to a pub to listen to the local musicians.