Been having trouble with the connections and keyboards hence the differing time posts and spelling errors...sorry.
Day after the race everyone was pretty sore but managed to do some touring. Stopped at Dublin Castle which was once a viking settlement, Norman Castle and British Castle. Bought a book on the history to read later on. Really interesting. One of the Viceroy pictured on the wall in portrait became a governor general in Canada - John Hamilton. Later went to Kilmainham Gaol, and old prison famous as the housing and execution locale for the leaders of the Easter uprising. Definitely worth a stop if you tour. Irish history is extremely interesting if you are into those sort of things. They don't seem to keen though on discussing the last hundred years. Lots of bloodshed and mostly Irish on Irish. Religion seemed to be he basis for discrimination on both sides throughout Ireland's history so when one side got the upper hand they used it. In general, most Protestants, in particular in the north, supported staying in union with Britain while the Catholics were more in favor of an Irish Republic. Hence Northern Ireland, the stronger economic center was bartered for and allowed to remain a part of the British empire and the protestants there took advantage of their ties to the Empire.
Finally got down to some drinking last night as we said good-bye to the Diabetes people. Made it to the hotel room somewhere around 2. Enjoying the Guinness and Swithwicks. Currently waiting at the airport to fly to Scotland but eagerly anticipate our return here.