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1916 Rebellion Walking Tour
Ranked #11 of 235 Tours in Dublin
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Owner description: Dublin's original 1916 Tour founded in 1996 and guided by author Lorcan Collins and other experts in Irish revolutionary history. We run daily tours from the International Bar on Wicklow Street.
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Lorcan was our guide - he is a walking encyclopedia of Irish history and culture! I could take this tour 10 times and learn something new each time. We particularly loved his interactions with Dubliners passing by the tour who stopped to chat during his talk and offered additional tidbits of information. The tour starts at a pub, where Lorcan sets the context and atmosphere for the walk. He is very personal and loves answering questions.

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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We had a very enthusiastic guide called Rory that took us through history of Dublin and a bit of Ireland in only 2 hours. Even though the weather was cold he was very accommodating towards the students and told a good story. The story he told of all the hidden nooks and crannies and how they came to be, is worth the attention and a few coins

Thank TJKaul
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

This tour is for anyone - you don't need any real advance knowledge of the city or its. history, but by the end you'll feel like an expert!

I had a couple of hours to spend in Dublin, so I booked on the 11.30am tour on spec and didn't book in advance.

The first part of the tour actually took place in the International Bar on Wicklow Street, where we were given a brief introductory talk on the history leading up to the Easter Rising.

Rory our guide was absolutely superb from start to finish. Back outside, the extreme cold did not dampen his enthusiasm for the subject matter, explained with an attention to detail which built a complex yet easy to understand narrative of the events.

At all times Rory communicated in a non-partisan manner but in a way that really brought home the centuries-long build up to the Easter Rising and its' aftermath, taking us right through to the present day.

This also works well as a guided tour of Dublin as Rory explains not just the history of the city but also its' architecture and geography. If you're in the city centre, remember to always look up! Otherwise you'll miss some impressive architecture.

Amongst other things, we learnt about the role women and the General Post Office building had in the rising, plus how the Royal navy ship the Helga was sailed up the river Liffey right into the centre of Dublin to shell the Liberty building. On another part of the tour we stopped on a busy intersection where today pedestrians and cars mix but in 1916 was occupied by artillery batteries set up by the British army.

You can also still see bullet holes in statues dotted around the city.

Rory stayed to answer questions after the tour had finished - a real mark of someone who is not just good at his job but cares about the subject. Please pass on my thanks to him.

This isn't just another boring historical tour - it brings the city to life. Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone.

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

We met our guide Rory at The International Bar in the hear of Dublin. He welcomed us warmly at once and gave us a leaflet with some background history which we read in the bar whilst waiting for others. We were fortunate to be in a small group on a November, Monday morning. This made the tour more intimate and enabled interaction with Rory on a more personal basis. He encouraged us to ask questions at any point and this enhanced our experience.
After some 20 minutes of background history (covering some 800 years) we continued on the streets of Dublin, tracing the events of the 1916 rebellion in great detail. Rory's knowledge is encyclopaedic and his enthusiasm irrepressible. He explained the unfolding events of Easter 1916 in a fascinating manner and kept us enthralled throughout.
The tour lasted for over two hours and finished just around rhe corner from the O'Connell St Post Office where the rebellion started, on Moore St where the initial surrender to the British troops took place.
I can't recommend the tour highly enough. It left me wanting to find out more about the events of 1916 and beyond which is how it should be. Many thanks to Rory

Thank Ja2xarnie
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

The guide on this tour was very knowledgeable on Irish history. The walking part didn't cover as many areas as i expected but it was worth the money for the stories told by our guide.

Thank SkyblueD
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