It has been an exciting day in Dublin. After breakfast, we loaded the coach and drove downtown to city center where we were joined by a local tour guide who took us around downtown and gave us a lot of history about the city and Ireland.
The first stop where we got off the bus was Trinity College. This college is nestled in the heart of Dublin and home to the Book of Kells which is a 9th century manuscript of the gospels of the bible, Matthew ,Mark, Luke and John. This is the world's most famous medieval manuscript. This book contains over 200 pages of calfskin paper. It is truly a beautiful manuscript to view as well as the drawings accompanying them in full color.
Upstairs above the Book of Kells is the Long Room. This is one of the world's most beautiful libraries and includes over 200,000 of the oldest books housed right here on the campus of Trinity College. Students and researchers may request any of the books in the library. A worker will retrieve it for them and they must stay in the reading room with the book until they are finished with it. Th reading room will keep it available for them for any length of time but they are not allowed to leave that room. Can you imagine the world the kids at this college have at their doorstep?
From there we went to Christ Church Cathedral. We had a bit of time to explore this historical church which is believed to have been built around 1030 at it's present location. It was this church's cathedral choir, along with the the choir of St Patrick's cathedral who premiered Handel's Messiah back in 1742.
Dinner tonight was at the Merry Ploughboys Pub. Many kids tried Lamb for the first time. Others chose the chicken, beef, or fish. I don't think anyone was disappointed with what they had. We finished the meal out with warm apple pie. During dinner we were entertained by live traditional Irish music and traditional Irish dancers and even including a couple of our own who were invited up on stage to dance. They were all amazing and the kids really got into all of it and had a great time.
Tonight we are settled into our rooms for one final night in Ireland. This has truly been an amazing trip with many memories made. Music truly does let you travel the world not just through the pieces but physically. Music has taken my husband and I throughout the United States and several countries through Europe and now we are so excited to be apart of watching these kids make their own memories through their travel with music. I truly hope you keep singing and see the rest of the world. We could not have asked for a better group of kids and chaperones to travel with. Thanks for the memories.
Signing off for the final time from Ireland. See you soon, Springfield.