We got up early and ate our free breakfast (toast and cereal). We planned out our route for the day, which was going to be a big circle around the city center, stopping at museums, monuments, and other points of interest.
We headed first to The National Museum (of archeology). Unfortunately, the museum is closed on Mondays, so we moved on to our next destination. The National Gallery of Ireland was nice, but it didn’t have nearly as large of a collection as London’s National Gallery. The museum advertised having work by Van Gough, Goya, Cezanne, and Manet (of which they literally had one of each). Their collection of works by Yeats was pretty extensive and impressive.
Next, we walked by Trinity College and down O’Connell street, where we saw the Spire of Dublin (the monument of light) and the statue of James Joyce.
We walked to another museum called The National Museum (of Decorative Arts), which was also closed.
We walked past the old Jameson distillery, across the Liffey river to Dublin Castle. We checked out the Castle briefly before returning to our hostel to dry off.
Later that evening we went to the Temple bar district where we listened to some live Irish music.