Here are the three places we went to:
- Mansion House - Only a few rooms were on display. And they've sold the round room that housed the first Dáil in 1919 to the restaurant next door! Selling off the crown jewels if you want my opinion! But they do have a fantastic photo of that historic event in the entrance hall.
- Royal Irish Academy - well, it was the building beside the Mansion House, and we had no idea what it was when we went in, but we were blown away. It is open to the public, and well worth a visit, for the beauty of the rooms alone. Or if you can't make it, this link will bring you to the virtual tour. There was a live show from an Irish radio station. And an excellent (and short) lecture on manuscripts. All very interesting. But my favourite bit was the ceiling, I have to admit.
- National Library of Ireland (Kildare Street) - open to the public too, even on Saturdays. Worth the visit just for the glorious colours of the Reading Room ceiling, and the staircase leading to it.
We had intended to do a lot more, but after a bite to eat as part of our night out, we were ready to go home to our boys.
Here are a few pictures from the night (from BB and me):
|View of National Museum from the NLI|
|Men's Toilets in the NLI (Clearly I didn't take that picture, but the Ladies was just as nice, |
but too busy for me to take a photo, although I have to admit I was tempted)
|Me and BB at the Mansion House|
|The First Dáil, 1919|
|Ceiling of the Royal Irish Academy|
|Talk on manuscripts at the Royal Irish Academy|
|Stained glass window at the NLI|
|Beautiful light - Molesworth Street|
|Door detail - NLI|
|Ceiling - NLI|
|Beautiful light - NLI|
|Reading Room, National Library of Ireland|