About 50 members of the AWCD had a tour of Aras an Uachtarain on Wednesday. We had to give our names as they are on our official documents and car registrations in advance… but “security” was a bit of a joke really. You’d think going to meet with president’s wife and entering their HOME, there would be more security, but nope. We pulled up said our name (no need to look at the photo) and we were waived through. No metal detectors … just really not the way it would be in the US. Oh we did come to two unarmed, female officers on horseback as we walked from the car park.
Guinness trademarked the harp facing the their direction before Ireland was a Republic, so the government had to ask permission from Guinness to use an inverse image of the harp as the government symbol.
This chandelier is hundreds of years old and has supported four types of lighting – candle, oil, electric and now environmentally friendly LED lights.
This “lovely” set of furniture is originally from the Palace of Versailles in Paris and the one in Paris ia replica. A gift from the French Republic to the “New” Irish Republic. This is the room which the President hosts Foreign leaders for tea in this room.
Every few years the AWCD does this tour and if they did it again, I’d gladly join in. I’m very interested in touring the US Ambassador’s residence across the road – especially at Christmas time – I have heard it’s very impressive and I’m sure the security would be a thousand times more.
Perhaps one day when back in America, we can tour the White House with the kids and we can compare. Hopefully they’ll be a woman in office, too!
If you visit: You can take a virtual tour on their website or free group tours are held nearly every Saturday and are on a first come, first serve basis. More information about taking a tour yourself can be found on their website.