Nippleless Bog bodies and some of the dark ruby red stuff-Ireland day 2

We started off the second day with another lovely breakfast at Kilronan House. Then it was to the archaeology museum! It was a great museum, although a few more paragraphs with some of the artifacts would be helpful, some of the terms used were very specialized and while we figured it out others might not. The museum has prehistoric, Celtic, Viking, and medieval Ireland on display. They also had some Cypriot pots and an overcrowded Egypt room. We also got to see BOG BODIES! It was the whole reason for going. We learned how the bodies are often found on accident when they get sliced in half by a peat cutting machine. We also learned that one body was thrown in there with his nipples cut off as a sign that he could never be king (it is because of the connection of king ship and fertility, and the idea of milk coming from nipples). The museum was great and we spent some 2 hours there.

After that we had lunch at the hairy lemon and walked on Grafton St, and a few others making our way to St. Patrick’s cathedral, where beside the amazing architecture we saw Jonathan Swifts’ grave.

Then it was off to St. James Gate and the Guinness factory. It was a really impressive tour and a well laid out museum. They really have mastered the art of flow in the museum. Although Bonnie thinks it is the Disney world of brewery tours, and I have to agree. At the end we had a pint of the ruby red stuff (well black but if you look at most stouts they have a reddish hue). Actually the color and the fact that the water is not from the River Liffey were two facts they really emphasized.

After a lovely pint and view from on top of the worlds largest model of a pint glass we started walking home. We stopped by the Norman walls and an old gate of Dublin. We walked along the River Liffey and then swung past Trinity college and a sweater shop. For dinner we had a great time at the Bleeding Horse, a pub in a 16th century building (which was awesome looking). We played a few games of scopa and drank another few pints and then headed to bed. Now we are all set for our trip back to Boston and the states.

Till next year, cheers and ciao!


About handyatmurlo

I am a Latin teacher at Regis Jesuit High School. I earned my MA at CU Boulder and my BA at UMass Amherst. I have spent my summers working in Italy as an archaeologist at three different sites. One I have worked at for 10 years at Poggio Civitate at Vescovado di Murlo. I have worked at the Villa of Maxentius in Rome for 2 years, before the project ended. I also spent 2 summers at the FSU excavations in Cosa.
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