Tuesday in Dublin

Yesterday in Dublin: Georgian architecture, the National Museum, random Highland dancing in St Stephen’s Green (yes, it’s the wrong country!), and the beginning of the semester at Trinity College.





Yesterday in Dublin

There was a bit of a heatwave in Ireland over the weekend (only 23 degrees, but that’s hot for here).

I did all the Dublin sightseeing years ago, but am revisiting many of the places.

The pictures below are of Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and Christ Church Cathedral (even though they’re the “big two” churches to visit here, they’re not Catholic, because of conflicts in the past).





On this day: the Irish government stands up to the Catholic Church

On the 12th of March, 1985, the government of the Republic of Ireland finally stood up to the powerful Catholic Church and legalised contraception.


Women leave Dublin on their protest journey to Belfast.

The 1970s saw feminists travelling to Belfast in Northern Ireland and returning home with contraceptives, risking arrest for importing illegal products. They were met by protestors upon their arrival home.

Illegal in the Republic in all circumstances until 1980, a new law allowed some contraception to be dispensed by a pharmacist to people with a doctor’s prescription.

This highly restrictive law was finally changed five years later, despite conservative opposition.


Some Americans were so outraged that “Holy Ireland” now allowed contraception, they wrote to the Prime Minister to complain.

Even so, advertising of contraceptives was still banned, and Ireland continued to have one of the highest birth rates in the developed world.

On this day: Dublin in ruins

This photograph of Dublin was taken on the 14th of May, 1916. It shows ruins in Dublin after the Easter Rising of 24-29 April.

The Easter Rising was a rebellion against British rule in Ireland. The rebellion was not a success.


Easter-Rising-1916-File photo dated 14-05-1916 of a view from Nelson's Column showing ruins in the city of Dublin.