Friday, 9 September 2011

Dublin: II

Today began with a visit to Trinity College, where I saw the Book of Kells, the Long Room library and other fine buildings within the campus of almost fifty acres.

The old Parliament Building, now a Bank of Ireland, is directly opposite Trinity, so we crossed the road, walked in and saw the erstwhile Irish House of Lords where, on display, is the Lord Chancellor of Ireland's Purse. the last Lord Chancellor of Ireland was the Lord Glenavy.

Our next port o' call was Dublin Castle, a splendid place full of history and heritage, dating, I believe, from 988.

Dublin Castle was, of course, the seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922. It was the official residence of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the last of whom was the Viscount FitzAlan of Derwent.

Our guide showed us the principal state rooms within the apartments, including the State Dining-Room and St Patrick's Hall, with the banners of the Knights of St Patrick.

One banner on view is that of the Duke of Abercorn.

The Hall has a sumptuous ceiling.

A portrait of Lord Londonderry hangs in the State Dining-Room.

The Chapel Royal also displays the carved coats-of-arms of former viceroys, which continue on the stained glass windows - again, Lord Abercorn's armorial bearings can be seen.

From the Castle, we walked a short distance to Christ Church Cathedral, seat of the Lord Archbishop of Dublin.

After a bite of lunch, Jameson's old distillery was on the agenda. This was our final destination of the day.

Above is the Royal - or Viceregal, pew at Christchurch Cathedral.

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