Ireland - Dublin

by Kimp 13. January 2012 02:27
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The leprechaun, the shamrock, the Claddagh, and the Celtic Cross. Irish symbols and folk music that speak of a creative and delightful people. This was a fun and inexpensive place to visit.

However it goes both ways, as Irish people also express their emotion in anger and deep discontent. They have what I call, a very wide emotional spectrum. Jason and I were poking fun at how silly and ridiculous an Irishman, whom we thought was a thief, and we got on his bad side. He ended up hurling lots of expletives at us, that ended in him describing me as a female genitalia, that he was extremely frustrated with. At least that was my abstract interpretation, so we just quietly walked away and he quickly disappeared.

Hurling (I know where that name came from) is an outdoor team game, of ancient Gaelic origin, and is very popular in Ireland. It's kind of a combination of baseball, lacross, and soccer.

In 841 the Vikings had a camp in Dublin. It was kind of like their winter housing, so they didn't have to return to Scandinavia in the winter. Dublin's weather is much milder.

Dublin was largely Catholic until 1539 when Henry the 8th was refused marriage to Anne Boleyn. He removed the Catholic Arch Bishop and formed the Church of Ireland appointing himself as the ArchBishop of Ireland. Thus protestant reformation was started and both Christs Church Cathedral and St Patricks Cathetral were converted to the Church of Ireland. To this day, there's a riff between the two beliefs here. Today, Christs Church Cathedral is really the seat of both the Catholic Arch Bishop to Ireland, and the Arch Bishop of the Church of Ireland, but the Catholic ArchBishop adopted St Mary's as his pro-cathedral.

At one time, most Irish citizens were not allowed to own land. They made a decent living as farmers, but their rent was so high about all they had to eat was potatoes. They managed to survive on Potatoes until a potato blight wiped out the crop. That's when many emigrated to the US. They learned to work hard, live simply and party hardy, which is a trait that still exists in today's Ireland.

I visited several pubs and listened to a lot of folk music. While they cater mostly to the large numbers of American tourists, that are always here, it still had a nice feel, even if it wasn't so authentic.



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