Last Thursday, May 29th, Roisin one of the facilitators had organised a trip to the National Gallery, which had recently fully re-opened after undergoing an extensive renovation and refurbishment.
We had arranged to meet at EVE New Horizon at 9am. After a quick coffee, Roisin went through the risk assessment with myself, Lorraine and Raymond. We left New Horizon at 9.15am to catch the no.27 bus into town, where we had arranged to meet Eileen and Liam outside Central Bank at 10am. After meeting up with Eileen and Liam we headed off on a short walk to the National Gallery.
We arrived at the National Gallery at about 10.15am, entering through the Millennium Wing entrance. The Gallery was already quite busy, with quite a few tourist groups and school tours, as well as us natives. We then proceeded into the Gallery, to start our own tour. It was quite evident from the moment we went into the main Gallery that alot of work had taken place. The rooms looked almost as impressive as the art works they were displaying. We spent about an hour and a half looking at all the masterpieces on view, as well as admiring the Gallery rooms along the way.
After we had finished our tour of the National Gallery, on Roisin’s recommendation, we headed off for Luigi Malone’s in Temple Bar, for a well deserved lunch. There were plenty of options to choose from on the lunch menu, which all sounded appetizing. They also had a good lunch deal of a starter and a main course for €10, we we all decided on. After we were all well fed and watered , it was time to head off our separate ways.
It was a very enjoyable day going to the National Gallery and then an equally enjyable lunch. At the end of our trip we had all agreed that we had had a great day and we all thanked Roisin for organising the trip for us. I would highly recommend a visit to the National gallery any time!