April 27

Our first official day in Dublin was off to a sunny and fairly warm start, that was until the rain came through. However, the rain did not hold us back! Our first meal in Dublin was at a little restaurant named Pacinos. Here we enjoyed the freshly made pizza, bread, and pasta. 

After lunch, we took a tour of The Little Museum of Dublin. As the name suggests it was certainly a little museum but our tour guide, John, made the most of it! 
  • The Little Museum of Dublin opened in October 2011. The museum is spaced out on 2 floors of a Georgian house. It recalls what Dublin was all about during the 20th century and our exhibition has been widely praised in the international media.
  • The "little museum" tells the story of Dublin city from 1900 up to 2000 and showcases the remarkable transformation that the city went through in the last century.

After the tour, we had a little time to explore Grafton Street. Here there are many little shops, pubs, and even a mall. 
  • Grafton Street is one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre, the other being Henry Street. It runs from Saint Stephen's Green in the south to College Green in the north. In 2008, Grafton Street was the fifth most expensive main shopping street in the world.
  • Since the 1980s, the street has been mostly pedestrianised, with the exception of the short stretch running between Nassau Street and College Green. This short stretch contains two notable Dublin landmarks, the eighteenth century Trinity College Provost's House, home to the head of the college, and the late twentieth century statue of Molly Malone.

The group met back around 6 pm to enjoy a true Irish meal at M.J. O'Neill. The meals ranged from homemade shepards pie, chicken legs, freshly sliced meats from the bone, all including mashed potatoes and veggies. 

Following dinner we took a short walk around the local area.
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