Posts tagged Ireland
Light House

tarting off the day, we made the relatively short bus ride to the town ofWhitehead, where we climbed a rather long and winding pathway leading up to the breathtakingly beautiful site which the Whitehead Lighthouse overlooks. Stopping just beside the lighthouse on top of a cliff overlooking the sea on such a crystal clear day, we got to chill and relax, take a few photos, and just take in the overall beauty of our surroundings and marvel at the greatness of the Creator of such amazing sites.

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St. Marks

Here in Ireland I lead my peers on a tour today here at St. Marks church which was formerly C. S. Lewis's church. I explained the origin of the church in October of 1873 by William Butterfield. I explain the importance of the tall pillars arches and ceillings of that era. Also C.S. Lewis' s family also dedicated a stain glass window on the right side of the church. Hadden Willson also explained to our group that Mr. Lewis used to sit in the fifth or sixth row of the church.

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C.S. Lewis Trail

Today we woke up and had Dr. Hadden Wilson come speak to us about C.s Lewis’s upbringing and accomplishes. He informed us of Lewis’s church and the history behind its building. We also were informed about how throughout his life he was raised Anglican Christian and after his mothers death started doubting and was tutored in schooling by an atheist and became an advocate for it.

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C.S. Lewis Trail

We started off our day in the Library with Dr. Haddon Wilson teaching us about the life of C.S. Lewis. Lewis was born and raised in Belfast, and Dr. Wilson prepared us for our tour. After lunch we loaded the bus and set out to see all the sights that Dr. Wilson had told us of. Our first stop was a statue of the wardrobe in C.S. Lewis’ novels. I really enjoyed seeing this life size statue. The sculpture features Digory Kirke peering into the wardrobe, and on the back of the wardrobe is the head of a lion and a letter that Lewis wrote to a young girl explaining the death and resurrection of Aslan. Although I’ve always known that Lewis’ novels depicted Christianity in a fictional way, I found it really interesting to read this letter and see how he intended his novels to parallel to the Bible.

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Dublin

Today we went to Dublin. The planned stops were, Book of Kells, A super awesome Library, Fish and Chips, Free Time, and The National Gallery. The Book of Kells was amazing. Seeing a book that has been perfectly perserved since 800 a.d. was incredible and it was that much more incredible being that it was a book containing the four Gospels. It was truly an awesome experience.

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Ulster

Today we went to the Ulster Museum in Belfast. As we arrive i quickly noticed the strange 1970's structure from my pictures. As i walked in i realized how big it really was. We went and heard from one of the museum directors who shared with us about the museums history, various paintings/ exhibits, and furthermore the coming together of Belfast this museum brought during the times of the Troubles.

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CASTLE

     As we arrived in the City of Carrickfergus, we traveled to a Castle on the outer rim of the city.  I gave my speech on the castle and we were off to investigate.  One thing that I did not find in my research is the stench that would literally smack me in the face upon entering.  I feel like it was due to the washed up algae along the shoreline.  But the smell quickly deteriorated the farther into the castle we walked.  It was amazing to walk were so many soldiers before me have walked.  To see what they saw, and smell what they probably smelled. 

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BOOK OF KELLS

Today, the Link Year students traveled from Belfast to Dublin (a 2 hour journey). The first stop that we made was at the Library of Trinity College Dublin to see the Book of Kells. I was the “tour guide” for this stop, which means that I got to sit at the front of the bus with Mark (our driver) and give a brief history of the Book of Kells and explain what the future viewers could be expecting.

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MONASTERBOICE

On the beautiful morning of Saturday February 9, 2013, the Link Year class boarded the bus and headed out to St. George's Market. A lot of you may be thinking why the Link Year would go to a grocery store? Well, my friends, St. George's Market is not only a grocery store, but it is also a place for, in a way, street vendors. There were many little stands selling handmade crafts.

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Chester Beatty

On Monday, February 11th we all had to wake up very early to hop on the bus headed to Dublin. I was very anxious to see this city that I have heard so much about. We drove through some beautiful, green country and finally pulled into the city. It was almost just as I had always pictured it, a mix of past and present streaking through the city. People were dressed in European, trendy clothing that is only seen in magazines where I am from. Pubs and fish and chip houses line the streets.

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DUNLUCE CASTLE

Well this past Thursday we did a ton of traveling to the North Coast of Ireland! We started off with going to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge near the coast which was absolutely beautiful. You can be sure we took a lot of pictures! This destination is one of Northern Irelands top tourists attractions and I agree! After that we headed to Giants Causeway. It is an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It was awesome! We walked along a path taking on some high winds and some rain. Haha although it was cold, we got to enjoy more great views that we don't see everyday. The next stop was at Dunlace Castle. This castle has been a wonderful insight into life on the North Coast of Ireland a few hundred years ago. It was really cool to walk around and hear the history of the castle! Last but not least, we went to Portstewart. It was a great time for us to try the famous "fish and chips" of Ireland. Chips being fries. It was very good!! Portstewart is famous for its homemade ice cream and I'm afraid to say the ice cream place was closed once we got there! It was a bummer. Soon after that we got back on the road to head back to The Manor. After this long day of travel we were ready to get some sleep, but will remember such a great day!

 

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North Coast

  Man this week here has been so crazy, we woke up early , however I over slept so my day didn't start off as good as it could have, but regardless I loved It today In Ireland. We took a trip up to the North Coast and viewed alot of beautiful things. We got a chance to go see the Giant Causeway where a myth tells the story about giants having a fight and creating the many plates that we saw,cbut It was really from ancient volcanic eruption. (slow cooling lava. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve In 1987 by the department of the environment for Northern Ireland.

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DOWN PATRICK

      What a day! Today we went to visit one of the most historic and ancient towns in all of Ireland. Down Patrick is a small town with a population of about 10,000 people and is roughly 21 miles outside of Belfast. This town has a strong connection to Saint Patrick. He was reputed buried there in 461 on Cathedral Hill within the grounds of Down Cathedral. When researching Down Patrick before we arrived, I knew it was going to be a very educational trip but I don’t think any of us really expected it to be so beautiful! God truly is good. Once we arrived at the Church of Saul, we got off the bus and got to take a few pictures, which was definitely a highlight of the day. We found an old cemetery, which was so cool to explore and think about all the history that took place there.  We had quite a bit of fun exploring the grounds and just marveling at God’s beautiful work. 

 

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