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TY trip to Dublin by Grace Courtney

On Wednesday the 9th of January all transition year students boarded the 6:30am train to Dublin for 3 days. On arriving at Heuston station Dublin we walked to our accommodation, Abigail's Hostel, a brick building overlooking the River Liffey. On the first day we scheduled a visit to the National Museum of Ireland and the show Les Misérables in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on the Grand Canal Square.

On Thursday we attended BT young scientist to support the three fifth year students from St. Brigid's. Their project was an investigation on microplastics in lakes around Killarney. 

Next stop was Dáil Éireann. The building was right beside the Archaeology museum we had visited the day before, so we were familiar with the area. We were met with a very friendly tour guide who first showed us some pictures and told us a little bit of history about the Dáil. From there, we took the bus out to the botanical gardens in Glasnevin.  

Leading on from the botanical gardens right beside it lay the famous Glasnevin cemetery where numerous famous historical people are buried including Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, Daniel O'Connell, Constance Markievicz, and Maud Gonne. The tour guide gave us a brief history on each of these people which was very interesting.

On our final day in Dublin we got ready to head to Trinity college for a tour of the grounds and the book of Kells! The grounds of Trinity are amazing and hold a lot of history. When we finished in Trinity we made our way towards the GPO (The General Post Office) for our final tour, which included a presentation on the GPOs part in the 1916 rising.

The TY trip to Dublin was very enjoyable and we all got the opportunity to learn so much interesting information about different historical buildings dotted around Dublin.