Dreaming in Dublin, Ireland 1

River Liffey photo by susan wellington
The main river through Dublin is called the Liffey. The irish language (gaelic) version of it is called 'Abhainn na Life '. We were told irish was a language that wasn't used much- everyone studies it at school- but according to the taxi driver who drove us into Dublin, not many people speak it especially in Dublin, it's mainly used in the country. Well the next day we heard it everywhere. In the gallery, shops, theatre, on the streets. It seemed to us that more people spoke irish than english. Especially the young people. So who knows? All the public signs in Ireland are in irish and english. It was a surprising feature of Ireland we hadn't expected but it sounds and looks like a beautiful, mysterious language. Like people are casting spells on each other when they talk. 
viking tour bus in dublin photo by susan wellington
You see these Viking bus tourists all over the place. Even in the water. The noise precedes them. The Celts started living in Dublin (Dubh Linn or black pool) from 500BC. The Vikings from the 9th century.
street performer in dublin photo by susan wellington
Street performer in Grafton Street, Dublin. Mainly it seems to be a bit of a hot spot for young up and coming pop and rock musicians. 
facade of st anns church 1720 in dublin photo by susan wellington
Facade of St Anns Church (1720) from Grafton Street,  Dublin. Dublin's full of churches and churchy organisations but we didn't visit any. After I saw Notre Dame in Paris I've kind of lost interest in exploring them. Unless they've got some great painting or sculpture in them and none of the churches in Dublin had any so we gave them a miss. Most of them are too dark and kind of oppressive. There's some great paintings in the National Gallery though. I enjoyed seeing the colourful expressionist paintings of Jack Yeats in particular. 

View of the Old Library, Trinity College, Dublin. It houses the Book of Kells which we didn't see as we were too tired by the time we got there. So we rested in the soft irish sun instead.

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