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Tracing Your Ancestors

National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland collects and preserves the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland. It is open, free of charge, to all those who wish to consult the collections; receive assistance from the genealogy advisory service; and visit the award-winning exhibitions. Current exhibitions include Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again.

Complete your visit with food in Café Joly. With an emphasis on local, seasonal, and artisan produce, Café Joly offers Irish cheese and charcuterie boards, smoked fish plates and patés, homemade soups and sandwiches, along with with coffee and teas, and home-baked cakes, scones and tarts.

The National Library of Ireland continues to welcome the public to Yeats: The Life and Work of William Butler Yeats – an award-winning exhibition for people of all ages and nationalities, which explores the story and the many works of one of Ireland’s most famous poets.

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again is an exhibition on one of Ireland’s most loved poets and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The exhibition draws on the National Library’s extensive archive of Heaney documents and features original manuscripts as well as diary entries and to-do lists.

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