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Sunday at Collins Barracks by Ann Treacy
December 2, 2007, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Today we went with Patrick’s mom and Fearghal to the National Museum at Collins Barrack. Patrick really wanted to see the Sea Stallion, a reconstruction of a Viking ship. Apparently the original boat was found in Denmark in 1962. They believe it was built in 1042 in Dublin using Scandinavian ship-building methods.

The reconstruction was built in 2000 – without modern tools. (We saw a video.) It was very cool – once completed the boat sailed to Dublin and now it sits in Collins Barrack.

Collins Barracks is a former military barracks in the City Center. Housing both British armed forces, and Irish army garrisons through three centuries, the barracks were the oldest continuously occupied example in the world. (Got that snippet from Wikipedia.)

We saw two other exhibits while we were there. We saw an exhibit on the 1916 Easter Uprising. Here’s a brief description – again thanks to Wikipedia – The Easter Rising (Irish: Éirí Amach na Cásca) was a rebellion staged in Ireland in Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was an attempt by militant Irish republicans to win independence from Britain. Up until that time the British had been ruling Ireland.

Organized by the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Rising lasted from Easter Monday April 24 to April 30, 1916. Much of the violence happened in front of the GPO (Post Office.) The next time we’re there I’ll try to take a picture of some of the bullet holes in the walls.

After that exhibit we saw Soldiers Chiefs – which was kind of an extension from the 1916 exhibit. It shows how soldiering and war have affected the lives of Irish people. There’s a lot of information on the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and how folks who appeared not to have a role inthe army covertly helped the effort. It was pretty cool.

And thanks to the fact that I didn’t see the no camera sign until we were leaving, I have lots of good photos. 🙂


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I just have to mention that shock of shocks – one girl had a nightmare about guns last night. Next week maybe I’m going to select the Sunday activity!

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