On our last day we visited Stephen's Green park (below) and played on the playscape for a while. Delaney made friends with two girls, Alyce and Eve (who was born on New Year's Eve). It was a great park!
Later we headed to Dublin Castle which has been at the heart of the city for 800 years. It burned to the ground (and was blown to rubble by the power magazine exploding) in 1600 and rebuilt to the current style. It was occupied for years by the Irish Viceroy of the British Empire, until Ireland was free of British rule in 1922. The palace today is mostly used for state functions and receptions. The exterior is not particularly striking compared to many other royal castles around Europe.
The interior is attractive and functional for state receptions.
Castle garden. The old coach house is visible on the back edge of the garden.
St. Patrick's Hall