Bentley in front of the Hotel Marion in Dublin, Ireland

Ireland: Day Eight – Dublin, My Final Day

Museum Gate in Dublin, Ireland
Museum Gate in Dublin

 

Dublin is a very busy city. As I was out and about last night, I noticed how very young everyone was. But, I just thought that I was in the city centre area near Trinity College. I was just in college town. However, I’ve been told that, astoundingly, over 50% of the population of Dublin is under the age of 25!!

The catholic influence against no family planning combined with the booming economy before the economic crash (so the children stayed in Ireland) is credited with this astounding fact. However, the catholic church is losing its influence here. Businesses are open on Sunday. Abortions are performed. And a highly anticipated, national, reputable report (The Murphy Report) was just released stating that the leaders of the catholic church and the police were both in collusion to keep an enormous pedophilia scandal all quiet for decades resulting in its continuing unchecked. Heads are, as they should be, beginning to roll in Ireland.

The number of homeless people begging for money on the streets here in Dublin is concerning. Organizations such as the YMCA are on the streets asking for donations to address the homeless crisis in Dublin. But what I found very disturbing is the significant percentage of the homeless that are teenagers and young people in their twenties.

Capitalism in its present form does not work for too many people. Something must change! The divide between those who have more than they could ever need or want and those who lack basic needs is staggering and immoral.

The cold here in Dublin has been biting, bone cold! The pedestrian street traffic has been incredibly intense. The Irish don’t seem to mind the cold so much, some even wearing short sleeves!

Rain was, yet again, in the forecast. But, astoundingly, it didn’t rain today!! [Follow up correction: It rained later that night; so, it rained every day I was in Ireland.] However, it was really foggy. Here are some pictures from the day in Dublin.

Street Light in Dublin, Ireland
Street Light in Dublin

 

Bentley in front of the Hotel Marion in Dublin, Ireland
Bentley in front of the Hotel Marion in Dublin

 

Trinity College Entrance Gate, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College Entrance Gate, Dublin

 

Trinity College Iron Gate, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College Iron Gate, Dublin

 

After Crossing the Bridge onto O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland
After Crossing the Bridge onto O'Connell Street, Dublin

 

The Millennium Spire on O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland
The Millennium Spire on O'Connell Street, Dublin

 

Festive Holiday Streets, Dublin, Ireland
Festive Holiday Streets, Dublin

 

Happy Winged Gargoyle in Dublin, Ireland
Happy Winged Gargoyle in Dublin

 

Need I Say More... (Dublin, Ireland)
Need I Say More... (Dublin)

 

Architectural Detail on the Underside of the Bridge over River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland
Architectural Detail on the Underside of the Bridge over River Liffey, Dublin

 

Atop a Street Lit with a Curtain of Lights an Angel Sings, Dublin, Ireland
Atop a Street Lit with a Curtain of Lights an Angel Sings, Dublin