Posted December 18, 2016
On Wednesday 14th December, twenty-nine members of Naomh Mearnóg S.I. Group headed off by coach at 10.00am for a visit to Dublin Castle and City Hall.
A settlement has been present at the Castle site for more than 1,000 years; and over time, Dublin Castle became the most important fortification in Ireland and functioned as the seat of colonial rule, the centre of military and political power and as a glittering social stage for Ireland’s ruling classes. Today the Castle serves as a place of national prestige, hosting important state events, including the inauguration of the Irish President every 7 years.
Our tour guide gave an excellent and enlightening presentation. We visited the Battle-axe Landing, the James Connolly Room, State Corridor, Drawing Room and St. Patrick’s Hall. Some members of the group thought it would be appropriate to use the throne room for the inauguration of our Club President, Patsy, but unfortunately the throne was inaccessible, behind a security rope!!! After the Castle tour, our guide brought us to the Chapel Royal – a quaint chapel with stunning stained glass windows. We then adjourned to the Chester Beatty Restaurant for lunch and, afterwards, finished off the tour in close-by City Hall.
Great to have a presence of senior men from the whole community, where we can all come together for friendship, comradery and craic.
Nollaig shona daoíbh go léir.