By Corey Sandler
Dublin’s Fair City (where the girls are so pretty)* is just that, a vibrant university town with some high-tech industries and an historic brewery that makes a drink that is pretty much in a class of its own. I went today with guests for a pilgrimage to the Guinness Storehouse, a brewing “experience” that tells the story of this company and culminates with a “jar” of stout beer.
*The opening lines of the iconic song, “Molly Malone.”
Here is some of what we saw:
Queen Elizabeth I of England established Trinity College in 1592 as a solely Protestant university. She also ordered that the Catholic Saint Patrick’s and Christ Church cathedrals be converted to Protestant.
These are among the many seeds of The Troubles.
Trinity is a handsome place, a bustling city of students. And it is surrounded with cafes and shops, most of them filled with young people. The college and its parent University of Dublin has about 15,000 students.
Today Roman Catholics and indeed all other religious denominations are allowed to enroll.
The chapel bears the tattered standards from many battles; the flags are not restored and the intention is to leave them in place until they disintegrate.
It would seem appropriate to hope that the Troubles of Ireland will similarly fade away.
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