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Our last stop, Dublin and a stay in a lovely B&B with a lovely couple who fixed us a “real Irish breakfast.” DELICIOUS.
Unfortunately, when I took this photo there was a pidgin on top of the O’Connell’s head. I’m sure the statue has seen better days. Until that evening, I didn’t know the significance of the statue and the role this man played in Irish History.
Daniel O’Connell often revered, to as the liberator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the nineteenth century. He campaigned for Catholic emancipation, including the right for Catholics to sit in the parliament. In 1841 he became the first Roman Catholic Lord Mayer of Dublin since the reign of James the second. O’Connell campaigned for the repeal of the act that merged the parliaments of Great Britain and Ireland. He was arrested, charged with conspiracy, fined and sent to prison. With his health failing, while on a pilgrimage to Rome at the age of 71 he died of cereal softening. (what is that?) His dying wish was that his heart be buried in Rome and his body in Ireland.
As Americans we are not used to walking down streets where castles rise on either sides and ornate Cathedrals dot the landscape. When I think of history, I look back 200 plus years. When Europeans think history, they think back thousands of years. The photos above were taken at a scenic park in Dublin. St. Stephen’s Green is a beautiful and idyllic place to stop, have lunch or just watch the ducks.
Dublin Castle was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom Government in Ireland. It is now a major Irish Government Complex. Most of the castle dates from the 18th century. Again, coming from a country with no ‘real’ castles, it’s amazing to walk the streets of European cities.
The Wellington Monument is a 203 foot high tower, making it the tallest obelisk in Europe. It was built to commemorate the victories of Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington. It is located in Phoenix Park. This park is one of the largest city parks in the world. To put this in perspective, three of New York’s Central Parks can fit inside Phoenix Park.
Cockles and mussels alive, alive O…
Irish people chose Molly Malone to be a symbol for Dublin and the Irish traditional song made Molly famous.