Thursday, December 1

I arrived in a dark and damp Dublin at 7:00 a.m. after a few hours of sleep on a no-frills Aer Lingus flight from Chicago. An illustration of no frills: I had ordered a low fat meal, which I did get: a rubbery curried chicken with a cold chicken salad, which was basically cold rubbery chick on limp lettuce.

Kathleen Lynch was there to meet me, and she drove me from their to my hotel, the Jury Montrose near University College Dublin. The traffic was genuinely terrible – it took well over an hour for what would otherwise by a 20 minute drive. The sleepy Dublin of the past is gone…

Trip to Dublin in full.