Blarney Castle and Dublin
Day 3 was spectacular. We spent a large portion of the day in the bus traveling, but we did stop for a couple hours in Blarney where we visited Blarney Castle (photo above) and, yes, I kissed the Blarney Stone. :-)
From Blarney, we made our way to Dublin. The road to Dublin was the only major highway we traveled on. Most roads are small and narrow. An interesting point, once you get to Dublin, is that there are few taxis. While it's a big city, everything is confined to a small vicinity.
We visited the Book of Kells (photo above) at Trinity College. The Book of Kells is the highly illustrated and symbolized copy of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).
Finally, we went to an Irish variety show where we all thoroughly enjoyed traditional Irish dancing (I.e. Riverdance-like), Irish songs sung (photo below) with mandolin, acoustic guitar, and bass, and a comedy show. This was so much fun and one of our online students was given a demonstration of how to do an Irish jig--much to her horror as she was taken on stage to participate. It was great...at least for us spectators.