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Celebrating words in a wordy culture
The National Library of Ireland is located in a handsome rotunda structure that has an "identical twin" across the courtyard which houses the National Museum of Archaeology and History. (The iron fence in front of the museum encloses the space in front of Leinster House, home of the Irish Parliament.) This set of buildings, completed in 1890, was a project of the busy Thomas Newenham Deane (1828-1899), in this case in tandem with his son Thomas Manly Deane. Other examples of Newenham Deane's work can be seen at the Victorian Museum at Trinity, as well as in the Kildare Street Club just a few hundred feet away.
I was especially interested in the ongoing exhibit celebrating and honoring the work of great Irish poet William Butler Yeats, featuring film and audio as well as static exhibits recreating the atmosphere of early 20th century Dublin.
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Discover your Irish family history!
The National Library of Ireland opened in 1890. The building, designed by Irish architect Sir Thomas Deane, houses copies - many of them being first editions - of almost every book ever published in Ireland. It's of course worth visiting the reading room, which features the traditional green-shaded reading lamps, as well as the "Life and Works of William Butler Yeats" exhibition. Ireland's Genealogy Advisory Service is also located at the National Library. This service is offered free of charge to anyone doing research on their Irish family ancestry. We walked in not knowing much other than Sylvain's last name being Irish. We were immediately greeted and invited to take a seat, and were given loads of general information about the area his ancestors most likely come from and the history of his family. We were able to make photocopies of the books that talked about his family and were given some tips on how to conduct genealogical research back in Canada. I guess we'll have to visit County Tipperary on our next trip to Ireland!
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National Library of Ireland
The National Library of Ireland provides a genealogy service for those researching their family history. The Library has books written by George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett amonst others. The library also has first edition books by James Joyce (the library was mentioned in his book Ulysses). Jonathan Swift and Oliver Goldsmith. You can also find maps, Irish Newspapers and magazines and every book book published in Ireland. If your interested in history and books its a nice place to go especailly if its raining outside.Its open every Monday to Saturday and admission is free.
The National Library
The National Library was designed in 1890.
There you can find thousands of books, magazines, newspapers, maps and manuscripts relating to Ireland.
The Library also has a significant collection of 1st editions.
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