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Chester Beatty Library
The Chester Beatty Library was established in Dublin in 1950 to house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The present library, on the grounds of Dublin Castle, opened on February 7th 2000, the 125th anniversary of Sir Alfred's birth and was named European Museum of the Year in 2002.
The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. The rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. The Library's collections are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions". Both displays exhibit manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Islamic, East Asian and Western Collections. The Library is one of the premier sources for scholarship in both the Old and New Testaments and is home to one of the most significant collections of Islamic and Far Eastern artefacts. The museum also offers numerous temporary exhibitions, many of which include works of art on loan from foreign institutions and collections. The museum contains a number of priceless objects, including one of the surviving volumes of the first illustrated Life of the Prophet and the Gospel of Mani believed to be the last remaining artefact from Manichaeism.
The library regularly holds specialist workshops, exhibitions and talks on everything from origami to calligraphy, and admission is free. It's easy to escape from the rigours of Western life on the serene rooftop Japanese garden or at the Silk Road Café on the ground floor, which serves delicious Middle Eastern cuisine.
First, thank you so much for doing an outstanding job arranging our trip to Ireland. I absolutely would recommend you to any friend planning a trip to Ireland.
The first B&B in Cashel had such a friendly proprietor and a totally wonderful breakfast menu. The hotel in Kinsale was well situated, had very nice rooms, and again, a great breakfast where I got to try kippers. The B&B in Dingle had a really lovely breakfast room and such a sweet young hostess. Once again we had such fun chatting with the other guests at breakfast. We were SO lucky to stay in Doolin for 2 nights. We had the perfect room with a great view of the cliffs. In Trim, we couldn’t believe our luck to be looking right out at the castle just across the street! It was a great location for seeing Newgrange. We also enjoyed the Hill of Slane in that area. The Dublin hotel had the smallest room but it was very adequate.
We had a great trip and hope to return to Ireland someday.
Deborah Waddell, Ohio, USA