Re: [Authentic_SCA] A bit off topic: Ireland trip
- --- Beth and Bob Matney <bmatney@...> wrote:
> We will be in Ireland for 2 weeks in September,Beth, I just returned from Ireland on May 7th. :-) All
> flying in and out of
> Dublin. I would appreciate any suggestions...
> We are currently planning on visiting
> National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and History
> National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and
> National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
> Trinity College Library College Street
of the places you mentioned are more than worthwhile.
Sadly, though, the Sea Stallion of Glendalough (the
Viking replica ship that sailed from Denmark to
Ireland), will have left the Decorative Arts and
History museum by that time. The National Museum of
Archaelogy and History blew my mind. Being able to
finally see things like the Tara brooch, the Ardagh
Chalice, the Cross of Cong...the Shinrone gown, for
crying out loud! My niece/traveling companion was
thoroughly disgusted with me by the time we walked out
of there. Apparently it ain't pretty watching a large
46 year-old woman drool and coo over an old woollen
dress and shiny Viking-era beads. :-)
In Dublin, also consider Christchurch Cathedral (and
depending on your tolerance for kitsch, the attached
"Dublinia and the Viking World" attraction; there *is*
information on Viking and medieval Dublin there,
though) and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Near Dublin, I *highly* recommend the Bru na Boinne
visitors' center in Co. Meath. From there you can take
tours at Newgrange and/or Knowth passage tombs. Both
pre-date Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, and
they've found evidence that the area directly around
Knowth was inhabited through the 17th century.
Depending on exactly where you're traveling, there are
wonderful castle and religious ruins all over the
island. If you tell me more about the areas you're
visiting, I can give you more detail.
And of course, if this is off-topic, folks can contact
me off-list. :-) Ireland is one of my favorite topics,
and I'll be happy to offer what advice I can!
Grainne ingen Lugdach (mka Willie Walter)
Shire of Roxbury Mill
- Hi Beth!
If you have access to a rental car while you are there, I'd go to
Bunratty. It's over near Shannon. Bunratty is a 11th c (I think?)
castle with a 19th c folklife park right behind it. They do have a
"medieval" dinner theater at Bunratty which was pretty entertaining.
I'd also take a stop by the Aran Islands, which have some very nice
sweaters. They also have a ton of truly ancient ruins and a few ruins
of early medieval churches.
Galway really "felt" like an Irish city. Dublin has more of your
generic international feel. (At least to me.) I did like Dublin and
there is plenty to see there but Galway just had a very different feel