Wednesday, we got to visit Dublin!
1. We were a bit early for our appointment with Eamonn O’Cuiv, so we had about an hour in the museum next door to the Dail. This first picture is of one of the “bog bodies,” so called because their mummification by bog.
We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the time we were in the legislative building. We did get to experience a lot, so I will try to run through what I can.
First, after the museum, we had lunch with Eamonn O’Cuiv and we got to talk with him about the ongoing relations on the island. After a week and a half in the north, it was an interesting change in perspective. He was very gracious in answering the questions that I’m sure every group of ambassadors has asked, which must have been hard to do after hearing them over and over.
Next we were given a tour. The building itself is as beautiful and full of history as Stormont is; and similar to our tour in the North, we got to sit in on parliamentary procedure for both houses.
After our time there, we met with the CEO of Foras na Gaelige (the organization created during the Good Friday agreement responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the island, north and south). It is the counterpart to the Ulster-Scots Agency, where I had my placement. much like the Ulster-Scots offices in Ballymoney, where I had my first day of placement, they had a radio station where they did broadcasts in their language (though we didn’t get interviewed this time!).
Dublin Day was absolutely packed with things to do! We didn’t really get much time in the city, which was a shame, but otherwise it went off alright. Plus, the drive home was beautiful. (2)