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National Gallery Of Ireland Plays Host To Festive Events

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This December, the National Gallery of Ireland presents a programme of free seasonal family events, accompanied by an exhibition of recently acquired portraits. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the National Gallery, so make a date for the annual Turner exhibition, which opens on 1 January for one month only, followed by Care of the Collection (opens 18 January) and From the Archives: The Story of the National Gallery of Ireland (opens 30 January). Family Packs, Children’s Audio Guides and Anniversary Trails are free from the Information Desk in the Millennium Wing. Admission is free to all exhibitions and Christmas events. Continue reading

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City of Words: a literary tour of Dublin

I was looking around for rainy day ideas recently (just in case we should have a wet summer, perish the thought) and I came across a very informative mini-brochure produced by Dublin City of Literature. This is a guide (with a map) to all things literary in the fair city of Dublin and includes a list of statues of well-known literary figures and their locations.

Armed with details about twenty-eight literary hotspots you really have no excuse not to get out and about this summer and explore Dublin’s literary heritage both written and oral. The guide has a map of the city centre so it is easy to plan a walking route. I presume the initiative was aimed at tourists but it is often true that locals do not know what goes on in their own backyard. Now, there is no excuse for ignorance of local events.

So where to go first? Well, you could do worse than go on a literary statue tour to get you into the swing of things. Great photo opportunities too, though I am prepared to admit that dry weather is preferable for this bit. I am sure I am not the only person by a long way to have taken pictures of family and friends sitting next to Patrick Kavanagh on the bank of the Grand Canal. Apart from Kavanagh, there are monuments to Shaw, Goldsmith, Burke, Joyce, Wilde and Behan dotted about the city. Get snapping folks!

The City of Words guide places one of my favourite cultural institutions, Chester Beatty Library at the top of its list. I am sure the attractions are intended to be listed in no particular order but this library is a very good place to begin a literary tour of the city. My reason for saying that, is that the collection at the Chester Beatty Library takes the visitor right back to the early history of the written word in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. From taking in that wider perspective, you can take a mental and physical leap over to see what the National Library of Ireland has to offer. Then go on to visit the Dublin Writers’ Museum to catch up with Yeats, Joyce and Beckett et al to bring you into literary Dublin with a bang.

When you have had enough of studying past famous writers you could always find time to listen to the spoken wordsmiths of the present. Stop off for a storytelling session with Dublin Yarnspinners who meet at the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square, or catch up with the latest Narrative Arts Group events or try one of the Milk and Cookie story sessions in Temple Bar.

Whatever your literary bent there is sure to be something in and around Dublin to make you think a little. Who knows, you might even get your own literary juices flowing. For more information on the venues and up-coming events, follow the links given to the places mentioned above.

Just remember to take an umbrella along with you…

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