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Dublin – Day 2

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On the second day we hit the big boys as far as the sights go. Still on an unbalanced sleep schedule so I woke up at 4am for some reason.

Started the day off at the Kilmainham jail which is an extremely important structure in Irish history. The guide took us through the numerous uprisings and detailed the key locations that played a role in the Easter Rebellion including the shooting galley where James Connolly was infamously put to death by firing squad while tied to a chair in order to prop him up due to injuries caused by an earlier gun battle.

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The prison, while remodeled, still has a cavernous, empty feeling that really transports your thoughts to the time of its operation. The guide felt passionate about the key Irish leaders who were brought here so you can tell that the insurgent blood still runs deep in the culture. It won’t be too long before a modern day uprising occurs.

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I learned a little bit about Robert Emmet who is honored at the prison with a face sculpture in the wall of one of the larger cells afforded to those prisoners with money. According to the guide he have a speech that, much like King’s ‘ I have a dream speech’, managed to rally his fellow patriots to levels that were never believed possible. This speech has been quoted by Mandela, Ghandi, and even to a lesser extent Obama. I will learn more about this down the road.

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Guinness Time

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After the prison it was time for the frivolity. We visited the must-see destination of Dublin, the Guinness Factory. This operation encompasses over 50 acres in Dublin. I truly wish my camera had smell-o-vision because as soon as we neared the brewery the sweet smell of malted barley had eminated down to the street below. The brewery beckoned. I swear it was just like the technique the fast food companies use by sending the smell of burgers and fries to passing cars through their exhaust system.

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The self guided tour was wildly informative and even though Guinness is far from my favorite beer it was hard not to get caught up in the groundswell of positive vibes. After the tour you make your way to the 7th floor for your complimentary pint as you take in the best views Dublin has to offer from the 360 degree glass penthouse.

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