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“Beautiful building”

National Library of Ireland
Ranked #49 of 546 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of Irish documentary material in the world. There are three reading rooms and a Genealogy Advisory Service to assist family history researchers. The Library also has two major exhibitions, the multi-awarding winning 'Yeats : the life and work of WB Yeats' and 'Strangers to Citizens : the Irish in Europe 1600-1800'. Entry to the Library and exhibitions is free.
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Popped in for a quick look on our walk around Dublin. Beautiful building!! I work in a library so was especially interested to have a look. The room is beautiful, light and spacious, would love to write an assignment there. Didn't actually stop to use the books as we were interested in the building from an architectural point of view; only took us 30 mins or so, worth a drop in if you're walking about!

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Downstairs is the Book of Kells. In this library there was the attempt to have every book ... Great examples on display.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

After eating a wondrous meal in a basement restaurant in Kildare Street called "Town", Tony and I were in fine fettle for a visit across the same street to the current special exhibition based on the life and work of William Butler Yeats in the National Library of Ireland. This is simply a wonderful experience. There is a an enclosed space with a large screen on which moving footage of the landscape of County Sligo, beloved of Yeats in his lifetime, was projected while various Irish writers, including Paula Meehan (no relation) and Seamus Heaney, read a wide variety of Yeats' poems. Spookily, the disembodied (literally) voice of Yeats himself speaks the words of his best-known poem, The Lake Isle of Inisfree. The rest of the exhibition is of the same high standard, with the various stages in Yeats' personal and artistic development sensitively shown and with a wealth of corroborative written and visual evidence. A triumph of scholarship. Go and be moved by a great man.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Very nice place if you like old architecture. You can look into books or see one of the many microfims. Maybe not as interesting for a standard tourist, but it's free to enter, so if you're around, pay a little visit.

Thank Lars O
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Ireland's National Library has done a superb job on its Exhibition of the infamous Dublin Lockout of 1913, which marked the beginning of the Labour Movement in Ireland. Housed at No. 2 Kildare Street, just a few doors down from the main National Library building (just across the road from the Nassau Street entrance to Trinity College), this Exhibition stands out from others in its artistic presentation and simplicity. Admission is free. The Exhibition will run until March 31, 2014.

Each panel contains just enough information to make it easy to grasp, illustrated with relevant visual material. Some of the photographs are iconic, including the scene of the police brutality on the strikers on the first "Bloody Sunday" Ireland experienced in August 1913.

There are several interactive computer displays covering various aspects of the Lockout. For those who have time for a longer visit, there are video displays which are very well prepared.

This Exhibition can be visited in half an hour, but it is worth spending longer, at least one hour to get a good grasp of what happened in Dublin one hundred years ago.

A light meal can be enjoyed at the main National Library building close by.

Thank Isabelle_Smyth
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