One of the highlights of the bus tour was the Kilmainham Gaol. This jail has been functioning as a place of incarceration and execution from the 1780s to 1920. You can follow a lot of Irish history from attempts at separation from England, to the potato famine (Great Hunger) and its Vagrancy Laws, to the revolution 1916. One would need more than an hour tour of the Gaol to appreciate all the treaties, pacts, agreements, rebellions and revolutions that have take place between Ireland and England.
Here is our guide, freezing, in the 1916 Corridor where 14 revolutionaries were imprisoned before their execution in the Revolution of 1916.
That night, in a cultural 180, we went to the Arlington Hotel on the Liffey for their Irish Music and Dance show. After reading Tripadvisor reviews that said it was "cheesy, touristy, but fun" I wasn't sure what my expectations were. But, we were really very impressed with the show. The musicians were very talented and very engaging with the audience. The banjo player was the leader of the group and had a great way about him. The lead singer was terrific too as you can see in this video. Warning, there is audio if you are playing this at work.
They played for an hour without a break, then brought out a quartet of dances who did their thing between more songs from the band. Between the players, singers and dances, they put on a great show. We were all glad we went to take in this "cheesy" performance.
Here's a video of the 4 dancers in one of their numbers.
Next, off to Paris.