Dublin Labor Day
9.3.12 - 9.3.12 69 °F
After a leisurely breakfast we took a cab to the 'famine ship' Jeannie Johnston. This is a reproduction of a vessel built in the 1840's that made 16 trips across the Atlantic without a loss of life unlike the other 'coffin ships'. One of my traveling mates had sailed on it when it made its way up the US east coast in the early 2000's. If you have ancestors, as I do, that immigrated to the 'new world', it gives you a good idea of what these 45 day sailings were like.
We then headed to St.Patricks Cathedral, the representation of the Church of Ireland, with such as Jonathan Swift, who served as Dean of the Church.
After the tour, we had a sandwich in their little tea room set up outside, and decided to finish our Dublin experience with a tour of the exhibit about Viking Ireland and Christ Church - vintage 11th century. It was an interesting display of the significant influence the conquering Vikings had on the Irish of the time.
Tomorrow it's off to Galway with two stops along the way!
Happy Labor Day!