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Whilst we were visiting the UK over the Christmas period, we took the opportunity to fly from Liverpool to Dublin, Ireland for a few days between Christmas and New Year.    As you can see in the photograph, outside John Lennon Airport  in Liverpool is a momument dedicated to the Yellow Submarine, made famous by the Beatles in the 1960s.

Dublin’s Fair City was Alive, Alive-Oh with bright Christmas Lights and a huge tree outside the General Post Office on O’Connell Street.  (If you know where to look, you can still see the bullet holes in the columns outside the building following the Easter Rising of 1916.)

We wandered around the city on a beautiful sunny day (though there was a bitterly cold wind), along the banks of the River Liffey, visited Christ Church and St Patrick´s cathedrals, and strolled past the Four Courts (formerly the Law Courts) to the Brazen Head – the oldest pub in Ireland, founded in 1198.

The highlight of our trip should have been a visit to Trinity College in the city and, in particular, to see the beautiful Library and the Book of Kells.   Sadly for us, the Library was closed over the holiday period, but we were still able to wander around the magnificent buildings of the college.

We managed to get over our disappointment of not seeing Trinity library by feasting on Irish Stew, drinking Irish whiskey and by visiting the Home of  The Black Stuff where, amongst other things, we learned how to pull The Perfect Pint!

Cheers everyone – and Happy New Year!