Dear Editor- I’ve just returned from the Lagrange college’s 3D trip to Ireland, We gloried in the 40 shades of green and the lilt of Irish brogue. We have had endless beauty before our eyes. Our first stay was at Dublin’s Trinity Capital Hotel.
All our accomodations were first class but this was a little odd.-Alice in Wonderland chairs,gargoyles,lions and tigers sprinkled abut ,even a corset to hold back the drapes.,a most incongruent tumble of treasures
Our first venture into touring Dublin began at St.Patrick’s Cathedral.
It was here that JonathonSwift admonished his flock for falling asleep. Next was a visit to theNational Gallery where we saw the Book of Kells,probobly the most beautifully illustrated copies of the gospels in the world. We visited the Irish National Gallery and stood spellbound before Caravoggio’s ” The Taking of Christ “. The museum of Natural History held the remains of men who died thousands of years ago miraculously preserved in the peat bogs of Ireland. We could even see the hair and eyelashes of one of the “bog men”.Acheologists even know what their last meal consisted of before his demise.
We visited pubs and drank Guinness and Irish whiskey. We were entertained by Irish tales told by our puckish Jack and our farmer friend Paddy Fenton. We ate scones and lamb and fish and Chips. We heard Irish music and watched Irish dancers. We were entertained as Lords and Ladies at the Medieval Castle Knappogue. But maybe the best entertainment was when Bill Bowling accompanied our three Irish tenors to the tune of Danny Boy. That white baby grand piano at the Granville Bar also provided for us a grand old singalong with Jerry Faulks directing. What Fun!
On our last night we celebrated our time together at a festive banquet at Cabra Castle.,each presenting his own gift to the group. This was mine.