The National Library of Ireland
Free Admission Tourist Attraction in Ireland #11
The National Library of Ireland is perhaps one of the more unusual tourist attractions in Ireland. It is located next door to the Irish parliament (Dail Eireann) and thus is in the very heart of Dublin city, adjacent to Trinity College and nearby St. Stephens Green.
The Library hosts an ongoing program of exhibitions which are free to view. The Library also hosts a wide variety of events including poetry and music recitals, public lectures, theatre, story-telling for children and much more.
The Library operate a free Genealogy Advisory Service that is an ideal starting point for those who are beginning some family history research. The National Photographic Archive is also attached to the Library. The personal notes and writings of famous authors such as James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney are available to view in the Library.
Of course the primary function of this institution is as a Library and it is thus a crucial resource for researchers. Access to the Library. Some of the more precious items can only be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room, or by appointment in the Prints and Drawings Department.
While the Library is perhaps not the first kind of place you might consider visiting in Dublin it is certainly worth viewing their schedule of events to see if anything piques your interest. And failing that the fine building is well worth a look in its own right. Guided tours of the Library are available but do check in advance before your arrival.
Find out more at: http://www.nli.ie
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