Ms Ducky Visits Ireland

I, Zeb the Duck, was so excited to hear about Ms. Ducky’s trip to Ireland.   This is Ms. Ducky’s second trip to Europe this year.   I asked her to tell you about it and show you what she did.   I, Ms. Ducky, flew to London and then flew to Ireland.

Ready to fly from London to Ireland

Ready to fly from London to Ireland

When I arrived in Ireland, I took my humans to see this ancient church.

Ancient church in Ireland

Ancient church in Ireland

Later we toured Guiness.

Going on a tour of Guiness with mom

Going on a tour of Guiness with mom

Guinness produces alcohol, and of course, the Guiness Book of World Records.   Today we were more interested in alcohol than books.   Let’s go inside.   This is a nice place.

Guiness. I like it here.

Guiness. I like it here.

Next we visited Belfast, Ireland.   Ireland has a troubled past.   The city of Belfast has 17 peace walls.

Peace Wall in Belfast, Ireland

Peace Wall in Belfast, Ireland

They were built to protect neighborhoods during times of trouble.   These walls are painted by the citizens.

Peace Wall

Peace Wall

My humans and I visited the Shankill side where we were encouraged to sign the wall.   As a peaceful duck, I eagerly added my signature.

Signing the Peace Wall

Signing the Peace Wall

Next I take my humans to Northern Ireland’s northeast coast.   This is Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.   The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea.

Basalt columns make steps at Giant's Causeway

Basalt columns make steps at Giant’s Causeway

The tallest columns are about 12 meters (39 feet) high.   The solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 meters (92 feet) thick in places.

Tall columns at Giant's Causeway

Tall columns at Giant’s Causeway

Legend says that the columns are remains of a causeway build by a giant.   All this exploring makes a duck hungry and thirsty.   We enjoyed lunch at The Nook, here at the Giant’s Causeway.

The Nook refreshes after exploring

The Nook refreshes after exploring

Soon we returned to Dublin.   I, Ms. Ducky, am very smart, so I head for the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library.

Book of Kells Trinity College Library Dublin

Book of Kells Trinity College Library Dublin

Now I am inside the Long Hall in Trinity College.

Long Hall Trinity College Dublin

Long Hall Trinity College Dublin

What a great place.

Long Hall Trinity College

Long Hall Trinity College.   I like Harry Potter.

I sit at the feet of George Salmon, Provost 1888-1904.

George Salmon, Provost. Trinity College Dublin

George Salmon, Provost. Trinity College Dublin

George Salmon graduated from Trinity College Dublin.   He was a highly regarded mathematician, and also an Anglican Theologian.   He spent his entire career at Trinity College Dublin.   This is my new friend, Molly Malone.

Molly Malone, Dublin

Molly Malone, Dublin

The song “Molly Malone” was based on fictional tale of Molly, a fishmonger by day, and part time prostitute by night.   This statue of Molly was unveiled in 1988 on Grafton Street.   June 13 is Molly Malone Day.   The statue was relocated to Suffolk Street in front of he Tourist Information Office.   According to Wikipedia, Molly Malone is also portrayed as one of the few chaste female street hawkers of her day.   I certainly find very interesting friends when I travel, don’t I?   We visited and supported the Temple Bar Dublin.   It was really fun.   Of course, I made another new friend.

New friend from Temple Bar Dublin

New friend from Temple Bar Dublin

I really like Ireland.    Everyone was so nice, and a new friend came home with me.

Ms. Ducky and her Irish friend. They both live in Colorado now.

Ms. Ducky and her Irish friend.   They both live in Colorado now.

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