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The Yeats exhibit is not to be sniffed at, nor missed!

The National Library is gorgeous, but even more importantly, it houses a Yeats exhibit that is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erin V
Calgary, Canada
Informative and Free

Spent an afternoon here enjoying the Yeats exhibition was actually very enjoyable with lots of... read more

Reviewed May 31, 2018
Graham L
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Visit the National Library of Ireland (NLI), where Ireland’s story is an open book. Enjoy the NLI’s lively programme of events and exhibitions, consult its collections, get help tracing your family tree and drop by Café Joly for a quick coffee or...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Library is gorgeous, but even more importantly, it houses a Yeats exhibit that is truly exceptional. using archives, interactive interfaces, art, and objects, it tells the strange and Fascinating story of W.B. Yeats and is free!

Thank Erin V
Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

Spent an afternoon here enjoying the Yeats exhibition was actually very enjoyable with lots of reading & visual information. Plenty to take in & go at your own pace. 

Thank Graham L
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

I returned to see the art exhibits which were well done and worth a stop Also managed to get lunch and pleasantly surprised by the cafeteria.

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Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

Stopped here to take a look. Average building with some modest stain glass windows in entry. Must lock up sweater and pocket book or anything else you might have. Not overly friendly. Genealogy room was open so I hopped onto a computer but didn’t get...More

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Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

The merits of visiting this national library: Architecture, especially the ceiling The reading desks with pillows for your book Access to the genealogy computers

Thank Robert L
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

I visited the National Library of Ireland to see what more I could learn about my family history in Ireland. I have quite a thorough family tree but I have only been able to find information about my father’s Irish family *within the USA*. I...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed May 12, 2018

In April I had the great opportunity to see the W.B. Yeats exhibition. It was very impressive but especially involving. It provided lots of information about the life and works of Yeats. There were lots of pictures and many of Yeat's poems displayed on the...More

Thank Cristina A
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

The Reading Room is the most unwelcoming part of Ireland. Upon crossing the threshold, I was told to stand in the Visitor area even though reading was my purpose. The staff only had scowls here.

Thank CNodar
Reviewed May 7, 2018

Went with Road Scholar group. I did not go into genealogy area as I don't have Irish ancestors. So while my husband did his research, I took pictures of the lovely foyer with great stained glass windows of important writers. Also visited the cafe -...More

Thank likebeach
Reviewed April 29, 2018

Yeats exhibition, with interesting artefacts and items on display, including audiovisual material. Was only in Dublin for the day, although looks as though there are lots of interesting events all year round!

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Response from OmarKhayyam | Reviewed this property |
While there at this free institution, take time to stop at the coffee shop for some make-it-yourself crumpet dessert with strawberries and cream then add a spot of tea!
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August 22, 2015|
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Response from averil s | Reviewed this property |
There are genealogists on duty some days during the week and you can probably e-mail to check which day. Re accommodation you can check airbnb where people advertise accommodation in their own homes at a reasonable price... More
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August 2, 2015|
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Response from 2014Helen67 | Reviewed this property |
have you logged on to ancestry info on your computer and got information from births and deaths in ireland? ring the irish embassy and you will find someone there will direct you in the right way. you seem to have the names... More