Posted by Trotter. The strength of Irish culture is particularly evident in the country's love for its national sports. Tickets are cheap…just show up. (Note: this sight is closed for renovation until 2020.) This delicate little boat — modeled after the skin-hulled boats used by people here 2,000 years ago — was an offering, placed into a lake in hopes of gaining blessings from the gods. South Ireland: Waterford to the Ring of Kerry, The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands, ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Very often near a fireplace they had a polescreen and this is a polescreen here, and it was used to shield people's faces from the heat of the fire because they used heavy wax-based makeup, and that might run or melt close to the fire. Being a passage tomb, it has one tunnel facing east and one facing west — aligned so that on both the spring and fall equinoxes, rays from the rising and setting sun shine down the passageways, illuminating its central chamber. American travel authority Rick Steves guides viewers through his favorite European cities. And the streets are filled with young people who seem determined to make up for their parents' Stalin-gray childhoods. It was from here that Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation of Irish Independence in 1916, kicking off the Easter Rising. 5. Which reminds me: We're due back in Temple Bar for another pub crawl. Stephen McPhilemy, who leads tours with me through Ireland, is cluing us in on some changes his country's going through. Trinity has long been Ireland's most prestigious college. Rate. Locals say that after an English royal died, they were told to paint all the doors black in mourning. Whether you're into Yeats or U2, the written gift of gab is an Irish form of high art. 9. 1. This famous archaeological site is also commonly called “Newgrange,” after its star attraction. His famous novel, Ulysses, is set in a single day — June 16, 1904. Today, Monasterboice is basically an old graveyard. The only hint of playfulness comes from the fun colors. And we're proud to be Europeans in Dublin and in Ireland in general. TV Shows . episode / view more episodes. Rick: Hi, I'm Rick Steves. Rick: Do you say "cheers"? While the euro — adopted in 2002 — is the accepted currency throughout the countries of euro-land, each country customizes the flip side with its own national symbol. Rick Steves' Europe (TV Series) Dublin (2002) Plot Keywords. 10. O'Connell Street — leading from O'Connell Bridge through the heart of north Dublin — is lined by statues celebrating great figures in Ireland's fight for independence. We explore the town's foreboding castle, patriotic jail, and Trinity College with its illuminated Book of Kells--a bright light from the Dark Ages. In spite of its recent struggles, today it's a boomtown, and locals are enjoying the "Celtic Tiger" economy — one of the hottest in Europe. A lot of it under the influence of this, but at least it's being sung. 8. This sent the naughty Irish directly to the paint store. (photo: Trish Feaster) The Book of Kells, a medieval masterpiece on display at Trinity College, was elaborately inked and meticulously illustrated by monks. Until next time, keep on travelin'. Menu. Admission to this Dublin home from 1790 — now a museum — comes with tours giving an intimate glimpse at the elegance of Georgian life. It was from here that Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation of Irish Independence in 1916 — the one we saw earlier. Rick: That's right. Movies. The home of Ireland's national beer welcomes visitors — for a price — with a huge exhibit. Now, this is what St. Patrick used to explain Christianity to the High King. "Rick Steves' Europe" Dublin (TV Episode 2002) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. While they had little public support at first, after the British tried and executed the leaders, public sympathy rose, and they became martyrs. Here, in a replica of the tomb, back in the museum, your guide turns out the light and the sunray ritual is demonstrated: As the sun rises on the shortest day of the year, a ray of light shines into the passageway. Rather than exporting labor, for the first time Ireland is actually importing workers. This place was the much-feared and disdained seat of British rule in Ireland for 700 years. A tall beer-glass-shaped glass atrium — 14 million pints big — leads past several floors of exhibitions to the Gravity Bar, where visitors enjoy a commanding 360-degree view of Dublin with their pint. In recent years Guinness has introduced a cold version — Ice Guinness, and a light brew for the ladies — which, to the cheers of the purists, bombed. Video: Watch South Ireland: Waterford to the Ring of Kerry, an episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show. S2, Ep9. The GAA was founded in the 19th century as an expression of an Irish cultural awakening. While patriotic statues keep memories of Ireland's long fight for independence alive, it's boom time now. Imagine the crosses in their prime, when they were brightly painted (before years of wind and rain weathered the paint away). Although the home of Ireland's national beer welcomes visitors with a sprawling modern museum, there are no tours of the actual working brewery. Later we party in Temple Bar, awash in Celtic music and Guinness. Largely rebuilt during this Georgian era, Dublin became an elegant and cultured capital with its own parliament. Irish monks transcribed and illustrated precious manuscripts like the Book of Kells. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Dublin. Still, in Dublin, when you ask for a beer…you get a Guinness. Arguably the finest piece of art from what is generally called the Dark Ages, the Book of Kells shows that monastic life in this far fringe of Europe was far from dark. Murals inside tell its story. This time, we're enjoying the charms of Germany's villages and evocative ruins. While the Irish economy gallops into the 21st century, Irish attitudes on sex and marriage are more traditional. Imagine the impact — the largest structure ever seen faced with exotic white quartz. This is an easygoing excuse to drink beer in busy pubs, meet other travelers, and get a dose of Irish witty lit. It's decorated with extremely delicate filigree and Celtic-style figures. Whether in the pubs, in its ancient past, in its struggle for independence, or in its lively streets, Dublin is the capital of a nation with a rich history and an irrepressible spirit. Visit by 10:30 for 20 percent off admission. With its recent economic boom and the majority of its people under 30 years of age, Dublin is modernizing like a city on fast-forward. In his humorous plays he satirized upper-class Victorian society. At Dublin Castle the British formally handed power over to the Irish in a stirring ceremony in this courtyard. Its chalices, jewelry, and brooches give glimpses into Ireland's distant and mysterious past. Lighter lagers are the trend. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. Rick Steves guides you through the highlights. Rate. "Rick Steves' Europe" Dublin (TV Episode 2002) on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more... Edit. It's touching to tour the cells and places of execution — hearing tales of oppressive colonialism and heroic patriotism — alongside Irish schoolkids who know these names well. The streets are a grid plan — with vistas built in. It's a kind of Irish Alamo, still pockmarked with bullet holes. By Rick Steves. 3. Dublin's General Post Office is not just a place to buy stamps. Tourists gather for the Literary Pub Crawl, which leaves almost nightly from the Duke Pub. His characters spoke very elegantly about the trivial concerns of the idle rich. Full Cast and Crew; Release Dates; Official Sites; Company Credits; Filming & Production; Technical Specs ; Storyline. In 1843 Daniel O'Connell, the great champion of Irish liberty, gathered several hundred thousand people here. These are massive grass-covered burial mounds built atop separate hills, with a chamber inside reached by a narrow stone passage. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Dublin. This entertaining tour visits the upstairs rooms of three pubs; there, you'll listen to two musicians talk about, play, and sing traditional Irish music. Temple Bar is Dublin's thriving nightlife center. Also: a medieval monastery. Rate. Whether in the pubs, in its ancient past, in its struggle for independence, or in its lively streets, Dublin is the capital of nation with a rich history and an irrepressible spirit. Nicknamed "the island of saints and scholars," Ireland is also known as "the terrible beauty" for its bittersweet mix of political struggles, hunger, friendly people, and gorgeous landscapes. 388 posts. If you haven't been here lately, you won't recognize the place. Rick: So for 5,000 years people have come here? The carefully restored house at Number 29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street gives an intimate glimpse of middle-class Georgian life (which seems pretty high-class). It was created to foster the development of Gaelic sports, specifically Gaelic football and hurling, and to exclude English sports such as cricket and rugby. — which puts them 500 years older than the oldest pyramids in Egypt, 1,000 years older than Stonehenge in Wiltshire in England. The building itself — a kind of Irish Alamo — was the rebel headquarters and scene of a bloody five-day siege that followed the proclamation. Rick: Hi, I'm Rick Steves. Dublin was founded here on the River Liffey in the ninth century as a Viking trading settlement. On a sunny afternoon, this lush city park is an inviting world apart from the big city. Showing off the treasures of Ireland from the Stone Age to modern times, this branch of the National Museum is itself a national treasure. In this 92-page compact guide, Rick Steves and Pat O'Connor team up to cover the best of Dublin, including tips on arrival, orientation, and transportation. Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon DVD & Blu-ray Releases Release Calendar Movie News India Movie Spotlight. Passerby: Europe Through the Back Door? We're here around the summer solstice, when it's light until 10 o'clock, and the people are celebrating. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. This museum, at 82,000-seat Croke Park Stadium in east Dublin, offers a high-tech, interactive introduction to Ireland's favorite games. We're back in Berlin -- the fastest-changing big city in Europe. Dublin and Mystical Sidetrips. Things were stately, uniform, and symmetrical. James Joyce wandered the back streets of Dublin, observing its seedier side, which he captured in a modern stream-of-consciousness style. They were taken down there where that cross now stands. The fancy interior is viewable on a guided tour, which offers a fairly boring room-by-room walk through the lavish state apartments of this most English of Irish palaces. 2. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the Best of Europe. Terms of Service | Privacy, Brú na Bóinne, Ireland: Prehistoric Burial Mounds, Dublin, Ireland: Dublin's Dramatic History, Dublin, Ireland: Guinness Storehouse and Musical Pub Crawl, Dublin, Ireland: St. Stephen's Green and Georgian Homes. The last prisoner to be held in the jail was Éamon de Valera, who later became president of Ireland. Here on this Hill of Tara. Upon arrival, visitors get appointments to tour the tombs, spend waiting time in the state-of-the-art museum, then catch their shuttle bus to one or both of the 5,000-year-old passage tombs: Newgrange and Knowth. Rick Steves Snapshot: Dublin contains the complete chapters on this city and its day trips, excerpted from Rick's complete Ireland guidebook — and leaves out the chapters on other Irish destinations. While created to foster the development of Gaelic sports, such as hurling or Irish field hockey, and to ban English sports like cricket, the GAA played an important part in the fight for independence. Today this trendy center feels like the social heart of Dublin. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. ... Rick Steves' Europe (TV Series) TV. So if all you want is Dublin and what's nearby, this compact Snapshot guide delivers everything you'll need to know — for about half the price and half the bulk. Go-to Euro travel guide Rick Steves visited this beautiful, long-established city on a recent episode of "Rick Steves' Europe." The Irish countryside holds the secrets of Ireland's first inhabitants and the mysteries of their ancient rituals. We blast an alphorn, get sprayed by waterfalls raging deep inside a mountain, and munch muesli for breakfast at 10,000 feet. In the summer, this popular 2.5-hour tour frequently sells out, but it's easy to reserve ahead online. For 17 minutes it lights the center of the sacred chamber. St. Stephen's Green was enclosed in 1664 and gradually surrounded with fine Georgian buildings. Thanks for joining us. Their hands were tied behind their backs, a white marker was placed over their hearts, and they were blindfolded. The sons of that family likely would have gone to Trinity College — founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I to establish a Protestant way of thinking about God. Movies. Near the jail, the huge Guinness Brewery fills several city blocks along Dublin's River Liffey. Inside you'll find the engaging GPO Witness History Exhibit, with a fairly balanced view of the rebellion of Easter Week 1916 (new since the TV show was filmed). TV Shows . Rick: Hi, I'm Rick Steves. Mysterious, thought-provoking, and mind-bogglingly old, these tombs can give you chills. Here you'll find a rare original edition of the proclamation of the independent Irish Republic. Stephen: For the last 10 years our country's changed rapidly. This kicked off the Easter Rising, which ultimately led to Ireland's independence from British rule. Dublin: Trinity College, a castle and a jail. Stephen: We've now legalized contraception, we have legalized divorce, and we're in the process, probably, of legalizing abortion. Today, 19th-century Dublin appears as Georgian as any city in Britain. Two actors take a gang of tourists on a witty walk, stopping at pubs and historical sites along the way — it's Irish Lit 101 filled with entertaining banter, which introduces the novice to the high craic — that's conversation — of Ireland's great writers. It's estimated that it took the skins of 185 darling little calves to make the Book of Kells. Guide: To give you an idea of the sweep of the history here, these sites were built approximately 5,300 years ago — approximately 3,300 B.C. 26 videos Play all Rick Steves' Europe - Travel Guide - Ireland Playlist Rick Steves' Europe Shelves of Shame - dust damaging Trinity College Library collection - … I think we make good Europeans. 4. Top Rated Shows Most Popular … Lots of these people are English who sail over for "stag" and "hen" parties. Guide: The word "drawing room" is short for "withdrawing room," so these are the rooms to which the family withdrew when they had finished dining downstairs. Current Episode (aired 14 Nov. 2020) Egypt's Cairo. Rick: Sláinte! The prison museum personalizes the inspirational story of the leaders of the Easter Rising. While it's been Dublin's grandest street for 200 years, it was renamed after this man, Daniel O'Connell, only after the Irish won their independence in the 1920s. Knowth is a necropolis — or city of the dead — with several grassy mounds around one grand tomb. Rick: How? In 1798 the Irish rebelled against English rule. ... Home > Rick Steves' Europe > Season 2 > Episode 8 « TV Season Page. It was from here that the viceroy enforced the will of British royalty. Dublin, around the turn of the 20th century, produced some of the world's great modern writers — like James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and Oscar Wilde. Jean: People have come to Tara and indeed they still come today. Then the ideas of the French Revolution — nationalism, human rights, and so on — got in the way. Menu. Rate. You'll see 4,000-year-old gold jewelry, 2,000-year-old bog mummies, Viking swords, and the collection's superstar — the exquisitely wrought Tara Brooch. After settling into a traditional village where locals scythe hay by hand, we hike and bike. 01/16/20 02:14 AM. 597 Dublin Walk; Immortal Irishman; Aran Islands by Travel with Rick Steves published on 2020-03-13T08:29:51Z Published on March 14, 2020 — It's an all-Irish hour, as tour guides from Dublin and the West point out what you can find on a walking tour of the Irish capital and share why the rugged Aran Islands are one of the top sites to explore Ireland's traditions. There are three leaves and one stem on this little piece of shamrock — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit — and that is how he explained the Trinity, the concept of Christianity, to this pagan king. These crosses were illustrated with Bible stories carved into the sandstone. Before you view the original, a first-class exhibit prepares you by putting this 680-page illuminated manuscript in its historical and cultural context. Error: please try again. Two actors take 40 or so tourists on a walk, stopping at four pubs, and with clever banter introduce the high craic of James Joyce, Seán O’Casey, and W. B. Yeats. We'll dine on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, commune with monks alive and departed in a Capuchin crypt, sleep in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eat our way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef. Dublin's O'Connell Street offers visitors a walk through pivotal moments in Irish history. They peacefully demanded Irish home rule. You "crawl" to three pubs listening to musicians demonstrate traditional Irish instruments like the bodhrán…and once you have the beat, you can tap your feet to the music. The tour also includes a look at the foundations of the Norman tower as well as original Viking defenses, and the best remaining chunk of the 13th-century town wall. This was the rebel headquarters and scene of a five-day bloody siege that followed that proclamation. This time we return to the Netherlands and captivating Amsterdam-- perhaps Europe's best-preserved 17th-century city while at the same time wild and modern. Menu. Rate. We explore the town's foreboding castle and patriotic jail, plus Trinity College with its Book of Kells. For tourists, the big draw on campus is a museum containing the precious Book of Kells — a monk-made set of the four Gospels from about the year 800. The only smart way to visit is by booking a timed-entry ticket online. Many of Ireland's patriots — its Nathan Hales and Patrick Henrys — were held and then executed here. Studying this copy, it's clear this was painstaking work. They also offer a dinner-show version. Guide: Fourteen of the leaders of the rebellion were to be executed in this very yard. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it once I’m there — and, of course, you’ll find it all in the 2020 edition of Rick Steves Ireland. I'm Rick Steves. Lines are longest at midday (roughly 10:00—15:00). I think the more European we become, the more we strive to maintain our Irishness as well. Ireland's Bronze Age gold — from centuries before Christ — dazzles visitors, making it clear civilization in Ireland goes way back. What's on TV & Streaming What's on … Perhaps this was the moment when the souls of the dead would be transported to the afterlife via that mysterious ray of life-giving and life-taking sunlight. Imagine a thousand years ago, priests used these as visual aids as they taught the people. The museum fills the old fermentation plant used from 1902 through 1988, which reopened in 2000 as a huge shrine to the tradition. Travel with Rick on this video guide to Dublin, Ireland and find out what to do on your next trip. In the Dark Ages, these crosses, illustrated from top to bottom with Bible stories, gave monks a teaching tool as they preached to the illiterate masses. It was an "outpost of Englishness" when the rest of the island was rural, Catholic, and very Irish. This area was a very sacred place, where ceremony and ritual took place. 7.6 (11) 0. This abstract art appeared with them in tandem with farming, as if it was a symbolic language — something to do with their psychological and religious needs. The two-hour tour is punctuated with 20-minute pub breaks (free time). Dublin was the most "English" of Ireland's cities. Be the first to contribute! Then get involved: Pick up a stick and try hurling, kick a football, and test your speed and balance. Each of the seven signatories were arrested and then executed in a nearby prison — now a national memorial that we'll visit later. The two almost microscopic faces — etched into glass beads — are a marvel. Cameras are not allowed. From diving deep into Dublin's rich ancient stories to exploring the Temple Bar District's cobbled streets, shops, cafes, and pubs, he proves that the city has much to offer for both first-time and return visitors. Rick Steves' Europe (2000–2020 ... in its ancient past, in its struggle for independence, or in its lively streets, Dublin is the capital of a nation with a rich history and an irrepressible spirit. Today, it's used for fancy state and charity functions (which may sporadically close it to the public). While rundown through most of the 20th century, recent government tax incentives have helped turn Temple Bar into a thriving cultural and beer-drinking hotspot. Get ready to experience Dublin — capital of the youngest and friendliest country in the European Union. To have the Book of Kells all to yourself, be there at opening. Rate. Wilde was a Dubliner, attended Trinity College, and walked this park. Grafton Street leads to St. Stephen's Green. Rick Steves' Europe is an American travel documentary television series created and hosted by Rick Steves.In each episode, he travels to the continent of Europe, documenting his experiences along the way.. For more treasures of Ireland from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, visit the National Museum. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, In this episode we'll tap our feet to traditional music, admire ancient Irish gold, try a little hurling, remember a bloody civil war, drink Guinness in its birthplace, join poets on a pub crawl, and side-trip to ancient sites near Dublin. You'll find storyboards in each room explaining the everyday lives lived here. Here you can visit two 5,000-year-old passage tombs — Newgrange and Knowth. We are told it all began here, on this Hill of Tara. This time we're exploring the far west of Ireland. Guide: The farming people who constructed these monuments, these passage tombs, must have been the original hunting-gathering people of this country who came here after the ice melted. The tension culminated in the 1920s with a successful war for independence, followed immediately by a tragic civil war. We side-trip to the prehistoric necropolis of Newgrange and the medieval monastery at Glendalough, deep in the scenic Wicklow Mountains. Your guide actually takes you deep into the tomb — down a narrow passageway, which leads to the cross-shaped central chamber under a 20-foot-high igloo-type stone dome. Built on the spot of the first Viking fortress, this castle was the seat of English rule in Ireland for 700 years. Now, as Ireland embraces its new fast-paced economy, drinking pint after heavy pint of this thick-headed stout is no longer your only option. Young people here are still speaking the language, maybe not fluently, maybe not everyday, but still speaking it so it's alive, it's well, we're playing our sports, doing our dancing, and singing our ballads and songs at nighttime. Bones and ashes were placed here, under 200,000 tons of stone and dirt, to wait for a special moment. "Georgian" — the English term for "Neo-Classical" — is named for the English kings of that era. Hey, how ya doing? Passerby: Pretty good; how're you? To see the actual Book of Kells, you'll have to come to Dublin. Fast and free shipping free returns cash on delivery available on eligible purchase. Visit here to get an introduction to the rest of Ireland's historic attractions: You'll find a reconstructed passage tomb like Newgrange, Celtic art like the Book of Kells, Viking objects from Dublin, a model of the Hill of Tara, and a sacred cross from the Cong Abbey. 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