Touring the Dublin Castle

We had a free day in Dublin today.  A group of us went to the Dublin Castle, another group went on a Game of Thrones Tour, and a third went to the Dublin Zoo.  The Dublin Castle is rich with Irish history and is still used for important events today.  The tour started with us looking at some of the old stonework of the castle that was still intact, the Gun Powder Tower.  We saw the stairs and entrance where the supplies for the castle were brought in by way of the moat.  Then we were taken to the Royal Chapel and given a brief history.  The chapel was used for service in the past, but is now used for events such as music, videos, and other events the city holds.  The tour then moved inside of the renovated castle, which now appears as more of a palace than a medieval castle.  We saw the James Connolly room, which was used as a hospital room during the Easter Rising. This was where James Connolly was taken after he was injured, so that he could and then undergo trial for his acts, but…

Elmira Students show Irish youth how to isolate their DNA

We are not sure who had more fun with this experiment; the Elmira students or the young Irish students!! Looks like a tie from the pics!

Fun pics along our adventure . . .

Here's some fun pics of the students during various activities.

CELTIC STEPS SHOW:  This is when one of the Celtic Step performers sat on Alyna's lap! 

Awesome group shot on stage with the performers.

Drs Bezotte and Peacock with our favorite coach driver Gerry McGettigan; we miss him already!!

Pics from our first castle tour at the Blarney Castle

Kissing the Blarney Stone!

Fish and Chips in Killarney!

Famous Gerry "Kodak Moments"!