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Day 10 and 11 - Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral - Dublin

   On Saturday morning five of the Belfast researchers joined me on the train headed down to Dublin.  Although rainy for most of the trip, the sun was out when we arrived in Dublin.   In the evening some of those who arrived a day early went to dinner at the Quay Restaurant in Temple Bar, enjoying Cottage Pie, Guinness Beef Stew or (my favorite) Irish Lamb Stew.   Temple Bar has many restaurants, pubs, restaurants and Irish music and is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel.  The walk gave me the opportunity to point out landmarks to help familiarize these people with the layout of Dublin.  

   On Sunday, I attended services at Christ Church Cathedral.  I’ve written in the past about their excellent choir and they did not disappoint.  The service was interesting as it included the ordination of a deacon in the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad, which is in communion with the Anglican Church.  The ordination portion of the service was in Latvian and all of the setting of the Mass featured music by two Latvian composers.  

   I had an opportunity to have a cup of tea with well know Irish genealogist Eileen O’Dúill early in the afternoon followed by a meet and greet with the Dublin researchers as they arrived.  

   We ate dinner as a group in the hotel, early, so those still struggling with the time change could get off to bed.  We were joined by Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan of Eneclann and FindMyPast, who, over dinner answered questions and shared suggestions for the week’s research.  Tomorrow everyone heads to the National Library, which is conveniently located across the street from our hotel.  

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