The Social Programme visited Dublin, Ireland from 22-24 July, 2016. The group arrived by ferry, and took part in a range of cultural activities.

On Friday the group went on a Dublin pub crawl, visiting the Temple Bar area and some of the best pubs in Dublin. The group visited a range of famous places and landmarks such as the Molly Malone statue, Ha’penny Bridge and Samuel Beckett Bridge.

On Saturday the group took a tour of Dublin visiting Dublin Castle, Trinity College Dublin, the Book of Kells building, Temple Bar and Christchurch Cathedral. During the day they ate at Dublin’s oldest fish and chipper Leo Burdock and took a walk down O’Connell Street which is the main street in Dublin and the city’s main thoroughfare. Later in the evening the group visited an Irish pub/restaurant where the students tried some Irish stew and an Irish roast dinner. The evening ended with a trip to the Cobblestone pub in the Smithfields part of Dublin. The pub is renowned for its live Irish music and the students were able to see some live musicians playing traditional Irish music.

On Sunday the group woke up early and set off for a trip to the see the Irish countryside and to visit Glendalough and the Wicklow mountains. After a couple of hours visiting these locations they headed back to Dublin for some traditional Irish lunch before heading to the Guinness Storehouse where students got the chance to learn about the history of the Guinness brewery and to pour their own pint of the black stuff.

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