Today was the official start of the research trip and everyone arrived safe and sound. A few of us attended church this morning at Christ Church Cathedral (Church of Ireland) where they have a superb choir. We got back to the hotel in time to change for a historical walking tour of Dublin. Our guide, John Gibney, a PhD in history from Trinity started the tour on his home turf, at Trinity. We proceeded to the Old Parliament (now the Bank of Ireland) and then to O'Connell Street where, the 1916 Easter Uprising took place at the General Post Office. From there we headed across the HaPenny Bridge to Temple Bar and Meeting House Square and ended at Dublin Castle. Throughout the two hours, John spoke of the events that shaped the history of Ireland and the lives of our ancestors.
Back at Buswell's Hotel we had a group dinner ending with Eileen O'Duill presenting Mrs. Fancy Tart is Coming to Tea: Making Sense out of Family Stories. We made it an early night so those arriving today can catch up on their sleep. Tomorrow, the National Library.