My day began at 1pm with the discovery that I had contracted the gastro bug that has been going around… Not happy Jan! It made my day pretty tough, and I can just hope that no one else is in line to get it…
The group started with a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. The centre features the methods used to produce Guinness and includes a free drink (a pint for the adults, Coca Cola for the kids, much to their disappointment) at the roof-top bar. The highlight for the group seems to have been the spectacular views from the bar and the gift shop, who made a chunk of change out of them.
Our next stop was a guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol, the site of a number of executions of political rebels from the 1916 Easter Uprising and the civil war of the 1920s. Its a gloomy place of course (who would expect it to be cheerful?) but there were many interesting stories.
We used the remaining portion of our hop-on hop-off bus tickets and took the route back to Trinity College where we had our sandwiches and met Shane MacThomais for our walking tour which focused on the events of the 1916 Easter uprising. We were all pretty tired, but Shane’s humour and story telling made it a fascinating experience.
The kids managed a couple of hours of shopping in their afternoon free time and then we changed for dinner at a local restaurant.
The rules about ‘normal sleeping hours’ went out the window because so many of us were unwell and exhausted. Most of us had quietly passed out before 9pm. I personally slept like a log and am feeling much more human today. This hostel has the most boring breakfast on the planet, but being able to eat was an absolute pleasure!