This was a last minute event that my wife set up for us. I wasn't particularly in a good mood just having spent an hour in line to see the book of Kells, only to find out the vault that they keep it in was jammed and we were told it could be a day to 10 weeks before it was fixed.
Anyway, the 1916 tour....Monday, August 26th, 2013 11:30am......
We were blessed with very pleasant weather, no rain, mixed sun and clouds, about 74 degrees F.
Our guide was Lorcan, he couldn't have been a more enthusiastic, well informed guide. We were first greeted by him outside the Millenium Bar, decided to cross the street to the Butlers coffe shop for a snack where we met two ladies having tea. They asked if we were doing the 1916 tour as I had the brochure in hand. Thinking they were going to be negative about it, I braced myself for some negativity. Instead they offered 2 free passes for the tour as she had mistakenly paid for 4. She wouldn't take payment for them either. The day was looking up. I took the saved money and bought two of his books!
I had no real knowledge of the rebellion, it was an eye opener for me.
I have since read other reviews that said there was too much information offered and it was confusing and hard to take in. I completely disagree, the information flowed wonderfully, Lorcan took the time to get to know each of us ( the group was about 15 in all) and answered all questions thoughtfully. We live in New England (Maine) and found his humor to be just as dry as would be found here. Lorcan is an erudite in the best sense of the word. Our tour was supposed to last about two hours, but it ended up being more like three hours.
I hope when he gets to Texas this fall, Houston is where I believe he will be giving a lecture, that his audience appreciates his intellect and knowledge. And he gets out to try some "Chicken fried steak". Thanks for a great tour!
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