Dublin—Another Ancient City
I think that could be the title of this
One Ancient City after another.
Dublin is just plain old. No doubt.
passed a 4500 BC site today where they found fishing traps and the
city was founded in 1256...I think..something like that—right
century anyway. Yep. That's OLD!
|This chain mail weighs a TON!|
It's an interesting blend of Viking,
Celt, Norman, English and finally free Irish.
They talk of Dublin being one of the
wealthiest cities in the world (before the Normans did their damage).
Trading with places as far as Istanbul. Hmm....been there recently.
That seems appropriate somehow.
|The Custom's House (rebuilt 3 times!)|
They have anger toward the 1801 act
which abolished the Irish Parliament and all the wealth Brits moved
home to rule Ireland from there. Absentee landlords are never an easy
|Replica Jeanie Johnston carried|
over 2500 immigrants
I heard about the Potato Famine at the Jeanie Johnston--a famine ship. (No my
students....potatoes don't come from Idaho!--nor do they come from
Ireland—think Columbian Exchange...) Soooo, excited that I've
stumbled onto some cool primary sources for my next year's discussion
They speak with pride about the 1916
Uprising. Where 16 martyrs lost their lives by firing squad for their
roles in trying to bring independence to Ireland. (Aren't we glad John Hancock and the like got away?)
|The Presidents House in Phoenix Park|
And of 1922 when Ireland finally got
their independence. Oops...and some continued IRA activity blowing
things up in the 1970s.
The city is a mix of architecture.
Modern, sleek, weird, beautiful and Georgian, Victorian and then the
old stuff. Churches and cathedrals sprinkle the landscape.
To a non-drinker, their marriage to
Guinness and drink is amazing. The Guinness factory here still makes
10 million...that's million pints a day. And this is not their biggest
factory. Realize this though. Poor Yorkshire farmers and Italian
immigrants to America needed to fill the bellies of their hardworking
men. They couldn't afford meat so what'd they do? Yorkshire pudding
and pizza. Stout is Ireland's answer to that problem. Evidently,
stout is very filling. As my guide said today, “Well, even if you
don't like the taste, you won't be hungry for awhile. It does make
some sense when you have 1.2 million people starve to death during
the Potato famine, I can see people doing whatever it takes to
|The Green in Trinity College|
So, I rode through the city, managing
to take pics despite a brisk breezy trying to blow away my ipad
before the rain started. Learning and remembering.
I'm staying at another ancient
university. Trinity. What a privilege I've had to have stayed at
four, two of those this trip. (Edinburgh, Trinity, Oxford and
Cambridge.) Drove by St. Andrews but didn't stop.
Yes, it rained. Got wet up to my knees. But with all the
museums, I could have stayed more days and not seen it all. (I walked 4.85 miles today...and it didn't seem like all that much.)
But tomorrow, I go home. At long last.