img_8942-1.jpg img_8943-1.jpg img_8946-1.jpgMy Irish adventure began in Dublin. The first day, I took a free walking tour. I find this is always the best way to see a new city for the first time because it helps me navigate afterwards. We saw Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, Trinity College, several bridges across the River Liffey, before finishing by the Molly Malone statue.

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I went to see the Book of Kells exhibition in the Trinity College library the next day. Unfortunately, photography is banned from the actual exhibition, so I only have photos from the library space. Busts of literary figures line the shelves and the ceiling swoops in elegant arches.

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I wasn’t aware when I planned my trip, but it coincided nicely with the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising in April. This was the start of the revolution that led to Ireland becoming an independent republic. There was plenty of information about the rising, including an exhibition at the photography archives and displays at the General Post Office, where the revolution started. You can still see bullet holes in the pillars. There were special 1916 tours running and plenty more events happening in the coming weeks.