LN897 24/06/2016 What a strange day! Yesterday we held a mini referendum on the ship and the result was decisively to remain, but the people of Britain clearly had a different idea. This morning our wake up caller announced the result and breakfast was quiet and reflective. We sailed up the Liffey and into Dublin mid-morning to be met with heavy showers. After lunch we were free to wander the streets in the rain whilst the Irish crew members were met by their families and fan clubs.

I went to the post office which is such an historic landmark in the centre of Dublin, scene of the start of the Easter rising. I was pleased to see it hasn’t really changed since 1917 and is very much a national monument. Then on to Merrion Square to admire the Georgian domestic architecture and wonderfully varied door ways. They seem to be putting in a new tram way system so the city centre is a bit like a WW1 battlefield. Most of us went out for an evening meal. The restaurants and bars were busy as it was a Friday but our food was excellent. Most of the younger crew are now out painting the town red, and I write this at half past midnight, on harbour watch, waiting to help latecomers back up the gangway.

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