Our last day in Dublin began with a coach tour of the city. Our local tour guide was Jerry Cooley. Jerry is a well known local guide and author. He writes poetry, is an artist and he wrote the book “Turn at the Pine Trees, A Book of Short Stories.” He gave us a signed copy for the Academy!
On this bus tour we learned that Dublin is home to many English teaching schools. People come from all over to learn English here. We stopped at the Garden of Remembrance, a garden and reflection pool commemorating the Irish who died in the rebellion of 1916 against the English. Our next stop was a series of sculptures that were created in 1993 to remember the potato famine, or as the Irish call it, The Great Hunger.
Next was a drive along the Liffey River which flows to the sea. We stopped at Phoenix Park, a 1700 acre park designed in an English garden style. We walked to the Papal Cross in the park, this was the site that Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis held mass.
We visited Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells, a very interesting exhibit.
Before our last trip dinner, we attended Evensong services at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The worship was sung almost in its entirety, with the exception of two readings. A candlelight service in a beautiful old church was such a wonderful way to end the trip!
Time to pack for our journey home, this was a fantastic week with a great group of girls!