Our last full day of Irish adventures began with a pre-opening hours exploration of Dublin's EPIC Irish Emigration Museum. This museum captured my interest immediately with modern, interactive, immersive experiences covering everything from the reasons people left Ireland through the contemporary worldwide impact of the Irish diaspora in music, arts, entertainment, literature, science, engineering, politics, and labor. Each section of the museum presented a new invitation to explore. I highly recommend Dublin's EPIC Irish Emigration Museum. Our entire tour group enjoyed this experience.
|Entering the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum|
|Epic sculpture depicting the many waves of emigration from Ireland|
|Look at this very refined tree at St. Stephen's Green.|
|gorgeous gardens at St.Stephen's Green|
|more gorgeous gardens at St. Stephen's Green|
|idyllic little corner of Trinity College Library|
|Trinity College Library: ultimate old book smell|
|clueless tourists loitering at Temple Bar|
|Just a half pint for me, please.|
|Author James Joyce sitting at Temple Bar.|
|Chad reading some plaque at Temple Bar.|
|supercute Dublin pub|
|Our (mostly) jolly holiday tour group. I seriously love nine of these people.|
Most of our group loved the traditional Irish song and dance night at the Merry Ploughboy. Chad and I fell more in the camp of politely smile and bear the evening's show. Remember in an earlier post when I told you to go ahead and enjoy what you enjoy? It's acceptable for different people to like different things. I appreciate the cultural heritage of dance and song, but that doesn't mean I need two hours of it at ear-splitting volume. Guess what the vegetarian option was for dinner at Merry Ploughboy? Yes! It was veggie curry! Are you psychic? Quick, what are the numbers for the lottery?