Dublin: Trinity College; the park where the Pope celebrated mass for a million people; Mathilde Castle; the restoration of the painting of the Battle of the Boyne in which 16 or 17 ruling Talbot nobles were killed.  

Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin

We’re returning from the Fitzwilliam in the heart of Dublin. If you ever get the chance, stay there. The service is stunning, the food excellent (Thornton’s is rated the best restaurant in Dublin for 2015), and the location unsurpassed. I’m also impressed that the service levels in Ireland are wonderful, far superior to continental Europe and the UK. Every restaurant, pub, store, and transportation option have truly helpful and courteous employees. Even airport security was gracious. Ireland is splendid place, …