Ireland

Back in Dublin

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I would like to begin with saying hello to the group of my amazing colleagues and friends from St. Ursula Catholic school in Toronto, who organized a wonderful retirement party for me in June this year.

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The theme of the party was adventure and traveling, here is the cake:

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And now I am free to travel, so here I am back in Dublin, Ireland, with another group of amazing people from Regis College, University of Toronto.

Here are some highlights from our Dublin tour. First, Howth Fishing Village, not far from Dublin, a cute place for a day trip:

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After spending some time in the village we visited Malahide Castle & Gardens.

Malahide Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles. The 100-hectare estate was founded in the 12th century by the Anglo-Norman Talbot family and was occupied by this family until 1976. The castle contains much of its original 16th Century furnishings, a minstrel’s gallery and a unique collection of Irish historical portraits.

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We visited the passage tomb in Newgrange:

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We also saw another fascinating megalithic passage tomb in Dowth:

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In Tara, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of a Hawthorne tree also called Fairy tree:

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Also in Tara, we had a chance to admire the art of Courtney Davis:

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And now our walk in Dublin:

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This is what the ‘Black Pool’ looks like today:

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More pictures from Dublin tomorrow!

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3 Comments

  1. Pamela Roth
    July 14, 2019 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    Dear Joanna,
    Congratulations on your retirement. I had no idea the time was so close. Enjoy! I loved Dublin when I visited. My father was born there–he was baptized in the Church of Ireland near South Circular Road. I visited the church and also the house where he was born. I am envious of your travelling.
    Pam

  2. Pamela Roth
    July 14, 2019 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    Hi Joanna,
    CONGRATULATIONS! I love Ireland and my Dad was born in Dublin and my maternal grandmother in Galway!
    Love,
    PAm

    • July 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm — Reply

      Thank you for your message Pam, I am very happy you still check my blog. There will be lots of interesting information on it because I am here with Regis and we are studying Celtic Christianity. Continue traveling with me my dear Pam!

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