For our one full day in Dublin we decided not to visit attractions with large entrance fees, or potentially long queues. So the morning began in the (free) National Museum of Archaeology. What treasure! The collection of many hoards of gold recovered from Irish bogs, much dating from up to 2000 years BC, was stunning. Equally moving but in a different way were the amazingly preserved bog bodies of men from the first millennia BC. They were probably placed there as some sort of sacrificial offering – I found the hands and hair particularly touching and so personal.
We took the sightseeing bus through the city and by chance discovered an exhibition (free) of beautiful glass work by Dale Chihuly on the theme of James Joyce ‘s “Ulysses”, which was a bonus. Next door was the Chester Beatty Library (free) of rare, exquisitely bound and illustrated manuscripts and books.
The traffic at this point was not moving! But we spent the “rush” hour on the bus with very entertaining commentary from the tour guide as we moved slowly through a city of so many influential people – politicians, philosophers, scientists, thinkers, artists, writers, and musicians, passing the house of one such, Oscar Wilde, on our route back to the hotel.