Dublin in drizzle, an Ireland proud of its writers

by Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., ’74, professor of English/communication

Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., ’74, blogs first from Dublin.
Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., ’74,
blogs first from Dublin.
John Patton, faculty; Candy Fischer, former staff member; Roz Scheer-McLeod, faculty; Elaine Aragon-Keller, alumna; and Carrington Lisser, student embark on the Notre Dame journey to England, Scotland and Wales.
John Patton, faculty; Candy Fischer, former staff member; Roz Scheer-McLeod, faculty; Elaine Aragon-Keller, alumna; and Carrington Lisser, student embark on the Notre Dame journey to England, Scotland and Wales.

Notre Dame College's spring break 2017 educational travel experience began at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, when 13 travelers checked in for the first leg, the flight to Newark.

During the long layover, we had the use of a United lounge from 

1-4 p.m. Some read, napped and played dominoes, while others strolled the concourse and had lunch.

The transatlantic flight was smooth, just over 5 1/2 hours, bringing us to Dublin Airport on schedule at 7 a.m. The tour director, Paul Daly, met us and led us to the coach, which brought us to the Mespil Hotel.

In a soft drizzle, we walked up Lower Baggot Street and through Merrion Square to the National Gallery. Then folks split up, with most doing some shopping in Grafton Street, and meeting for dinner at the hotel to plan Saturday's adventures.

Ireland is proud of its writers: We passed the Samuel Beckett Bridge over the River Liffey, a statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square near his childhood home and plaques honoring John Henry Newman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, James Joyce and William Butler Yeats opposite St. Stephen's Green. The National Gallery honors George Bernard Shaw, who dedicated to it the royalties from his play "Pygmalion," which was adapted as the musical "My Fair Lady."

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