23rd and 24th February 2013
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And so Dublin was once again invaded by hordes from far off lands.
Thankfully it was only our Wednesday Cubs from Bray. We met at the Dart station and made our way into Dublin City Centre on a cold and snowy morning.
We made our way to the hostel, got our rooms sorted out and then had lunch.
Once we had tidied up we wrapped up and headed into town.
We first made our way to the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial garden dedicated to the memory of “all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom” The site of the Garden is where the Irish Volunteers were founded in 1913, and where several leaders of the 1916 Rising were held overnight before being taken to Kilmainham Gaol. The Garden was opened in 1966 by President de Valera on the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in which he had been a commander.
We walked down O’Connell St, named after Daniel O’Connell a nationalist leader of the early nineteenth century. We went to visit the GPO (General Post Office)
During the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of the uprising’s leaders. You can still see bullet holes in the walls to this day.
After that we had a look at the Daniel O’Connell statue, one of the angels on it was shot in the boob during the Easter Rising, which the Cubs of course found hilarious.
We then made our way down the North Quays to the Ha’penny Bridge. The bridge is a pedestrian bridge built-in 1816 over the River Liffey. Before the Ha’penny Bridge was built there were seven ferries, operated by a William Walsh, across the Liffey. The ferries were in a bad condition and Walsh was informed that he had to either fix them or build a bridge. Walsh chose the latter option and was granted the right to extract a ha’penny toll from anyone crossing it for 100 years.
One of Fiona’s relatives used to collect the toll.
Once we crossed the bridge we went into Temple Bar and met a viking.
We also saw where the Central Bank is. We then went into Trinity College.
The college was founded in 1592, and some of the people attending over the years include Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Douglas Hyde, Ray Darcy and Cillian and Mannix’s dad.
From there we went to the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare St.
We saw displays on prehistoric Ireland, including early work in gold, church treasures and the Viking and medieval periods. There are special displays of items from Egypt, Cyprus and the Roman world.
The highlight was seeing the two Iron Age bodies which have been preserved in the bogs at Oldcroghan, Co. Offaly and Clonycavan, Co. Meath. The remains were dated to between around 400 BC and 200 BC.
We saw, bodies from the Iron Age, Axe Heads from the Stone Age, Swords from the Bronze Age and Manny, Sid and Diego from Ice Age.
After that we made our way back to Westmoreland St and caught the 46a bus to the hostel just in time for tea.
Spaghetti bolognese was on the menu and was devoured.
We went to the shop next door with Rory acting as body-guard to get sweets and drinks for the movies later.
After that we had some time to relax before we went to the meeting room for arts and crafts and to watch a couple of movies before heading to bed.
Breakfast was cereal and toast then we cleaned the rooms and packed our bags.
After thanking the staff we headed into Mountjoy Square to the park and playground. On the way we passed Temple St Hospital.
After playing for a while and having a quick snack we headed to Connolly St to get the Dart back to Bray.
We arrived back to be warmly welcomed by our parents.
A brilliant weekend was had especially as it was organised at such short notice.
A huge thanks to the Staff in the Hostel for looking after us.
Thanks to our instructors, Cormac, Aoife, Heather and Caitlin.
Thanks to the Leaders, Fiona, Rory, Adrienne and Karen.
And thanks as always to the Cubs for behaving themselves and enjoying the hostel.
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Yours in Scouting