06 Aug. The second day in Dublin was another day of education. It started with Fr Hugh Duffy SJ, professor of English (Emiretus), at University College of Dublin, sharing with me a part of his profound knowledge of English and Irish, British history. How wonderful it was to hear (some of it, once again to hear) Gerard Manley Hopkins, Cardinal Newman, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and others! And about the struggles for freedom of Ireland from the British. Sound so akin to Indian struggle for Independence.
One of the finest experiences was to spend two days at the house where the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins lived, while teaching at the University College of Dublin! So did Cardinal Newman, when he was the Rector of the UCD for four years! And more, I lived in the room of Scripture Scholar Fr Fogarty SJ! Fr Fogarty has gone on a vacation, and I was lucky enough to occupy that room for two days, in his life time!
The highlight of the day was our visit to Irish National Museum (1877). Below is a photograph of a war-plane kept outside in the courtyard of the Museum:
St Francis Xavier church at Gardiner Street, which is run by the Jesuits, who also run a century-and-half old school. The pipe organ on the loft is real huge, filling the entire large loft of the Church!
Architecture of Jesus:
And Mother Mary with Child Jesus:
The olden-type confessional:
The city of Dublin, with the spire of St Patrick seen from a distance:
This 121.8 meter tall aluminium Dublin Spire was established on O’Connell Street in 2003.
The Solar revolution, near Jameson’s distillery:
Bridge over River Liffey:
The three-storey Museum, outside view:
Irish soldiers in various roles, at various junctures of history:
Unlike the above soldiers, the photograph below is of real, moving children! I have seen that most kids feel at home in such museums and art galleries, thanks to their mothers (and dads, in some cases). That is how a spirit for its history, tradition, land and culture is nurtured:
(Below:) War tanker used in the Great War