Hey everyone! Thanks for following our Ireland trip online, it has been a blast! After nine amazing days among Ireland's 40 shades of green, we spent our last day in Dublin. Spending our last few days in a major city could not have been more fitting for us; the excitement levels of the men's and women's teams were unmatched. Hundreds of Trinity College students were flooding back to campus and we enjoyed every moment of our final Ireland days.
We started the morning with a quick walking tour through Dublin, stopping primarily at Trinity College at the base of Grafton Street. Trinity College was absolutely stunning; large green quads and old stone buildings reminded us of being back on the UC campus! We made our way through the students and were able to go inside to see the unbelievable Book of Kells. The Book of Kells was created by the Celtic monks and is an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament. We walked upstairs to one of the most amazing libraries I've ever seen; hundreds of religious and philosophical texts filled the walls, and we were convinced we were on the set of Harry Potter.
We hopped on the bus with Kenny and Fiona, and had a bus tour on our way to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin (the most upsetting part about leaving Ireland would have to be not being able to have Fiona's microphone wake us up anymore). Anyway, the Guinness Storehouse was amazing. The seven-level brewery brought visitors through the history, creation, production and success of not only the Guinness family but also the world-renowned beer. Multiple forms of media and hands on activities allowed us to enjoy our experience at Guinness while learning so much about the company and its origins in Dublin. Following Guinness, we made our way to the Brazen Head, one of the most famous Dublin pubs. Why not have one more day of authentic Irish pub food before our trip back to the states?
We had the luxury of spending our afternoon walking around Dublin and getting all of our shopping in on Grafton Street! I'm sure our wallets weren't too happy about that one, but walking in and out of the shops and cafes was a really enjoyable experience for our team. We prepared ourselves for our trip back home with dinner at a highly authentic Irish restaurant: TGI Friday's... :)
Thank you again for following our trip to Ireland. Also, on behalf of the men's and women's basketball teams, we would like to thank our coaches, parents, friends, and the UC community for allowing us to have this unbelievable opportunity. It's safe to say this was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives, and we can't give enough thanks to the people who not only put this trip together for us, but also for giving us the opportunity to experience another culture for 10 days. Now, back to reality!
- Maggie Ely (Class of 2013)