Following our meal, we stumbled upon the Little Museum of Dublin, where we had a half an hour history lesson on Dublin in the 20th century.
Next, Phillip told us about how the Irish fought for their independence, due to the poor living conditions they were subject to in tenements. Without proper representation in the government, their grievances were not heard. Beginning with Easter Rising, we learned that Eamon de Valera was one of the leaders who encouraged the Irish to take control of various British government buildings and insist that Ireland was a republic until England gave in.
Lastly, we looked at many documents and pictures of Irish life in from the 1960's to the 1980's. In this room was the "temporary podium" that the Irish provided for JFK when he visited. This podium was actually a simple antique music stand pictured below. Apparently Irish politicians do not always use note-cards or speak from behind a podium, so this was their quick fix.
We explored the streets, stopping into the Shelbourne, where every US president that has visited Dublin has stayed. We quickly examined the little museum that contains their guest books and a draft of the Irish Constitution, which was created in one of their historic drafting rooms, now dubbed the Constitution Suite.
After taking some time to get unpacked and settled, we had some Irish specialties at a local pub. We enjoyed lamb shanks, stew, corned beef and cabbage, beef and Guinness pies, and Grafton Burgers.
To get us further acclimated to the city, we continued exploring and saw some of Dublin's shopping district.
Today was Amelia's day, so we asked her what she's liked most about Dublin thus far. She said: "I think my favorite part was the tour that we had at the little museum of Dublin. I enjoyed learning about the history and having visuals to go along with it."