The purpose of our visit was a lecture Ivor was invited to give at the philosophy department of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The train ride from Dublin to Maynooth (in County Kildare) took about 40 minutes.
|Royal Canal, Maynooth|
|Pugin Hall, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth|
|New Library, National University of Ireland, Maynooth|
The next day we took a guided day trip to Glendalough and Kilkenny organized by Collins Day Tours. This was one of many tours offered at the tourist information office opposite the main entrance to Trinity College, provided by various tour companies.
We drove through the Wicklow mountains to Glendalough, where we walked along by the lakes and through the woods. It was cold and windy, but sometimes quite sunny, and the surroundings were spectacular.
|Upper Lake, Glendalough|
|Lower Lake, Glendalough|
|Tower and St. Kevin's Kitchen, Glendalough|
|Tower and graves, Glendalough|
|Street view, Kilkenny|
|Street view towards St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny|
|View towards Kilkenny Castle|
|The Campanile, Trinity College, Dublin|
|Sphere within a Sphere, Trinity College, Dublin|
|Trinity College, Dublin|
|Chester Beatty Library|
|Scene at Dublinia|
|View from tower of St. Michael's Church, Dublin|
We visited the National Museum, displaying archaeological finds, including some preserved bog bodies. I must admit feeling a bit squeamish about seeing these remains, and all I could do was hope these individuals had experienced some happiness in their long-ago lives. Nearby, we also went to the National Gallery of Ireland, with its impressive art collection.
|National Gallery of Ireland|
|Pond, St. Stephen's Green|
|Ruth & Ivor, St. Stephen's Green|
|St. Stephen's Green|
|Samuel Beckett Bridge, River Liffey|
|The Spire of Dublin and statue of Jim Larkin|
|Grafton Street, Dublin|