Dublin, Ireland

Historical Walking Tour of Dublin

Friday, February 24, 2006

Back to the Ireland index. To see all of the pictures taken during this trip, go here.

Of all the tours taken, I found this to be the most engaging and fascinating tour of all. Much of the tour's success is, I'm sure, due to the guide, Peter.

I had a bit of confusion in finding the starting location for the tour. The brochure I picked up at the TI (Tourist Information Center) on the corner of Suffolk and St. Andrew streets said the tour would start at the Trinity College Front Gate. I challenge anyone to find this on a map. I had to walk around trying different doors and gates (and asking for directions) until I found a surly security guard who told me I had found the right place.


This is how the Trinity College Front Gate looks from across the street. You can find it on the west end of campus on College Street pretty close to the Molly Malone monument.


If you walk into a black iron gate and see this entryway, you are in the right spot. Peter, the tour guide, is on the left handing out brochures. Statues of Edmund Burke and Oliver Goldsmith are on either side of the entryway behind the outer gate.


The tour started off walking through the wooden doorway, through to the other side where it opens up into a quadrangle. The Campanile can be seen. This 30 meter bell tower is in the center of the Quad.


Peter gathered us up in the entry way of a building and mesmerize the group.


Across the street from Trinity College and incidentally, my hotel, the Westin is the Bank of Ireland Building. Before being acquired by the Bank of Ireland, the building was used by the House of Lords. Even though the building is primarily used for banking activities, you can still access parts of the building that reflect the House of Lords as we did.


One of the old tapestries from the House of Lords era.


Peter leads the group into Dublin Castle.


The circular tower, called the Record Tower, is from the original castle. Chapel Royal, the church on the left, is stuck on the tower.


Inside the Chapel Royal. It isn't used as a church anymore.


On top of the main entrance to Dublin Castle is the Figure of Justice. The English who erected the gate and installed the statue, oriented her so her back was to the city (Irish people) and she faced inward to the interior of the castle (British rule). Some Irish found this to be somewhat prophetic.


Inside Dublin City Hall, Peter provides more historical background.


Near as I can tell, the Latin inscription says, "The beatings will stop when morale improves." Well, not really but that is what the English leadership meant. This can be found under the main dome of City Hall.

 


This statue of Drummond, found inside Dublin City Hall resonates with me. It bears the inscription:
Properties has its duties as well as its rights.


I have no idea where this is. Just think it is pretty.


Christ Church Cathedral.


Wonderful colors in the winter sunlight. No known historical significance.


The original Dublin Castle walls. This section of wall runs through a government building.


The tour walked past the National Photographic Archive. Peter said it was quite good.


The Gallery of Photography overlooks the square where our walking tour finishes.