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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.
Please excuse my delay in getting back to you regarding our Ireland trip this
It was amazing; the weather was great, the driving went without a hitch and the
Guinness was ice cold. What more can one ask for?
Judy mentioned that there was a slight disappointment in the initial room they
gave us at the House in Killarney (sort of cramped and drab in
appearance) but once we mentioned it to them they moved us to another room
which was great.
The Ballinalacken Castle Hotel was certainly an excellent replacement for the
Doolin Hotel. The hosts could not have been any more obliging; even down to
tour of the castle in the morning. The food there was awesome as well!
As an added note on the food, (which was great everywhere) we had our best meal
in the dining room at the Hotel in Wicklow. We had eaten from the pub menu
there before, but never the dining room. Was certainly worth the slight extra
Your assistance in planning this trip for us has been excellent as always.(this
is the fourth trip that you personally have assisted us with!) I would
certainly recommend Irish Tourism to anyone; and especially Tina O'Connor as an
You mentioned that you would like either pictures or videos of our trip. We did
not do videos but have lots of pictures. (600 - 700 now that he digital age is
here!!) How many would you like, (I'm not trying to send you all 600?) Is there
a special format that you would like them in?
Thanks again Tina,