This week, we started our new destination, the Republic of Ireland. Ireland is the 10th country I’ve been to, and I have to say I am still excited once I arrived, even though I had to wake up 4:30 am in order to catch up our flight. Unlike UK, Ireland gives me a sense of peacefulness. Although Dublin is the capital of Ireland, it is not as big as other countries’ capital cities, which is huge and crowd. Dublin is kind of a town with history, where is showing its value to everyone who come and visit.
And today, I went to Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison in Kilmainham, Dublin. It was a prison to kept those revolutionaries who participated the independence movement of Ireland. With the tourist guide introduce, the traces of prisoners being tortured in that year are still vivid.
Moreover, the most interesting fact of this jail is that it was designed by two wings. While the West wing is looks like a dungeon, where is dark and cold. On the other side, the East wing is a construction which is tall and bright. It was built by Queen Victoria’s comment in order to “reform those guilty people by light of god” There were many of famous people who were been kept in those cells like Éamon de Valera. and Patrick Pearse who contributed the independence of Ireland.
At the end of our tour, we visited the place of execution of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. the place of those leaders dead, now stands the flag of Ireland. With this trip, not only I learned more about the meaning of Irish flag, the peaceful wish of all Irish people could get along well with, but also understand the history behind this country.