Last weekend saw forty Year 13 pupils travel to Ireland for the school's annual trip to Dublin. The students had an action packed weekend crammed full of history and culture. This included a fascinating guided tour of Dublin Castle tracing its history from the early Viking settlement right through to important events in modern history such as Queen Elizabeth II's state visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011. The girls visited the excavated remains of the original Norman castle; the Georgian State Apartments and the beautiful Chapel Royal built in the early 1800s.
The group wrapped up warm and braved icy temperatures at Croke Park on Saturday evening to watch last years All-Ireland finalists Dublin and Kerry play Gaelic Football in one of the first matches of the season to a crowd of over 30,000 people. The pace of the game was certainly warmer than the temperature in the air and The Queen's School girls cheered along with Dublin to a 20-14 win at home.
No trip to Dublin is complete without a trip to the world famous Guinness Storehouse to discover the secrets of the much-loved Irish stout. Other highlights included the Turner Exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland; Trinity College and the Book of Kells; the Statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square; smoked cod and chips at Burdocks; and a crowd-pleasing carriage ride through the city involving nine horses and carts.
A great time was had by all and the students were a credit to the school as always.