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  • Chester Beatty Museum Chester Beatty Museum Dublin, Ireland
    The Chester Beatty Library was started in Dublin, Ireland in 1950 to hold all the collections of mining mogul, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, located in the Dublin Castle in 2000, the 125th anniversary of Beatty's death; and named the European Museum of the Year in 2002. His collection is exhibited in two collections called "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions", with both showing manuscripts, miniature paintings, sacred texts and art on paper from many of the world's greatest western and oriental religions and many secular relics. It is one of the most prominent sources for scholarships in the Old and New Testaments; as well as containing one of the finest collections of Far Eastern and Islamic artifacts in the world. Included in the collection is the Gospel of Mani, thought to be the final relic from Manichaeism. Although, in reality, it is only part of the first section of the gospel that contained 22 sections. The Lonely Planet has said that this magnificent library/museum is not only the best in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, which contains both the library and museum that themselves hold huge great collections of miniature paintings, drawings, rare books, decorative arts, prints and manuscripts. This fabulous library has numerous displays that have opened a window into the spectacular treasures from the greatest cultures and religions of the world. This artistic collection has relics from countries in North Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, that will give visitors a visual smorgasbord. Included are magnificent Egyptian papyrus texts, exquisite copies of the Bible, Qu'ran, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Chinese dragon robes, Japanese woodblock prints, Buddhists paintings, Persian and Turkish miniatures and more. In its diverseness, this fantastic collection contains the wealth of human creativity from 2700 BC. to the current times. The library continues to be called the most distinguished collection of books and manuscripts acquired by a private collector in the 20th century and in its western treasures has numerous sources on papyrus of the Bible and a large number of Manichean texts. The Biblical papyri, that have been dated from around 100 BC. to 300 BC., contain the earliest copies known of the Book of Revelation, the Acts of the Apostles, the four gospels, the epistles of St. Paul and other ancient Old Testament fragments. There are Western European and Armenian manuscripts from the medieval, renaissance and modern periods, prints, early and fine books and bindings complete the absolutely remarkable conspectus for the arts of manuscript production and printing from various cultures and periods. In the Islamic collection, there are over 6000 relics, the majority being manuscripts and single page paintings and calligraphies; that contain over 260 complete and partial Qu'rans, with some dating for the late 8th and 9th centuries and includes the works of the best calligraphers of the Islamic world. The East Asian collection contains a marvelous number of albums and scrolls from China, the biggest collection of jade books from the Imperial Court that exists outside of China, and a big collection of rare rhinoceros horn cups, decorative relics and textiles. In the Japanese gallery there are many splendid painted scrolls from the 17th and 18th centuries, woodblock prints by Hiroshige and Hokusai and others, plus many decorative arts items.

  • Historical Walking Tours of Dublin
    The best way to learn about a city and its inhabitants is to take a walking tour, where your guide will almost certainly tell you about the best and most popular spots are, the best places to eat, or sleep and anything else you would like to know. The guides are always familiar with the city they guide you through, and in Dublin, you get the added benefit of having history majors that know the down and dirty about the many people, places and things that have piqued your curiosity and brought you there. Dublin is such a wonderful city, as old as most in Great Britain, and full of great restaurants and bars that will also give you some exciting stories to help you decide what and where you would like to go. It is the best way to start your visit to a city you have never visited, and it might be a long time before you come back, so the first visit should be the most selective.  The Historical Walking Tours of Dublin are conducted by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin, and will take you to the main highlights of the Irish history that exists in this city. Included are the development of Dublin, what kinds of influence the American and French Revolutions had on the country and city, the terrible potato famine of 1845-1849 that sent so many of the Irish to the shores of a new country with great opportunities and freedoms, the rising in 1916, their war of independence, the partition and finally ends with the Northern Ireland peace process and the country of Ireland today. They take you to the Old Parliament House, Trinity College, City Hall, Temple Bar, Four Courts, Wood Quay, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle.

  • Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum
    Kilmainham Gaol was a prison in Kilmainham district of Dublin, Ireland that has now been turned into a museum and operated by the Office of Public Works, OPW, since the middle 1980s. The gaol, or prison, has been an important place in Irish history, with many leaders of the rebellions being imprisoned here, with numerous being executed by the British and after 1923, by the Irish Free State. The jail was first built in 1796, and it was called the new gaol so that people would know that it wasn't the old gaol, which was a terrible dungeon, noisy and foul, and a few hundred yards from the new. Officially called the County of Dublin Gaol, it was run by the Grand Jury for County Dublin, and was its jail for over 140 years, with its cells holding some of the most famous people in Irish history of its struggle to be free from the rule of Great Britain. The leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were sent here to be executed, and through the years, there have been many young children brought here for stealing or petty theft, the youngest recorded being just 7 years old. Often, the adult prisoners would be sent to Australia to build that country. And it wasn't segregated, everyone, men, women and children sent together, with only 5 in a cell, and a single candle for light and heat; meaning that the majority of their time was spent in the dark and cold moldy damp stone places. It was discontinued as a prison in 1924, and after a long and tedious renovation, it contains the museum of the history of Irish nationalism and gives tours of the former prison building. The art gallery housed on the top floor has paintings, jewelry and sculptures of prisoners from all across the country. The poor conditions that the women prisoners had to endure, even though it was during a time when the "weaker sex" had a protective attitude, their plight was consistently worse that that of the men. In 1809, the inspector stated that male prisoners had iron bedsteads, while the women slept on the flagstones in the cells and common halls; and still, 50 years later, the conditions for women had changed little, with constant overcrowding. Although one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe, it is still full of history and has been referred to as the "Irish Bastille". When it opened, there were many public hangings done there, but after the 1820s, it wasn't often that one was done, public or private. 

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  • National Gallery of Ireland @ Merrion SquareNational Gallery of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
    The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of Irish and European fine art and admission is free. The collections include; works on paper, sculpture, paintings and objets d'art. In the paintings gallery, the collection ranges from the 14th century to the 20th century and houses all the main continental schools, that include the Irish paintings charted from its reemergence in the 17th century to Jack B. Yeats, the country's most prominent 20th century painter. There are portraits by O'Conor, Lavery, Hamilton, Danby, Roberts, Orpen, Hone, Leech and Osborne. The Italian works contain the second biggest collection with gilded altarpieces and renaissance treasures by Mantegna, Fra Angelico and Titian that contain one of the most important collections of 17th century paintings outside of Italy. Discovered somewhere in the city, a Caravaggio, is depicted with his followers from Europe and in the Baroque gallery there are large canvasses by Rubens, Lanfranco, Maratta and other distinguished artists. 17th century classicism represents the French school with pieces by Vouet, Claude and 4 by Poussin. Many are from the rococo period with works by Nattier, Chardin and Fragonard as well as neoclassical paintings by Gerard and J. L. David. In the impressionists gallery hang Pissarro, Gonzales, Monet and Sisley and early 20th century works by Nolde, Signac and Picasso, with a marvelous gift from the Chester Beatty museum of 19th century orientalist, plein-air and academic artists. During the last century, the Dutch collection of 17th century artists has grown, getting the Beit Gift of artworks by Hobbema, Metsu, Vermeer and Ruisdael. The Spanish gallery is dominated by religious works that include El Greco, El Mudo's altarpiece from the Escorial Palace and early Velazquez, Goya, Zurbaran and Murillo. The British paintings are mostly portraiture, along with Irish sitters and connections, that include Raeburn, Romney, Wheatley, Kauffman, Reynolds, Hogarth and Gainsborough.

  •  Guinness Storehouse
    The Guinness Storehouse is found in the center of the St. Jame's Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, and on their website is described as the No. 1 international tourist attraction in the country and since their opening in 2000 has had over 4 million visitors from around the world. Spred over 7 floors, and encompassing a glass atrium that is shaped like a pint of Guinness, the huge exhibit continues to fascinate its many visitors. The ground floor shows you the four main ingredients; yeast, water, barley and hops, when combined together will create a pint of Guinness. Sometimes, you can be introduced to the fifth ingredient that has been vital, Arthur Guinness. As you travel through the floors, you come to the display that showcases the history of Guinness advertisements, that include numerous of the quite well known TV ads that have been shown through the years. In the Choice Zone, the storehouse encourages sensible drinking, with the interactive exhibit advising the visitor to look at their drinking habits and recognize the dangers of drinking alcohol to its excess. The storehouse had 2.5 million Euros invested in it in 2006, with a new wing opening to visitors that have added a live installation of today's brewing process; and some lucky visitors can actually start the brew process along with another new exhibit, the tasting laboratory, where you can learn how to do more than taste the brew, but savor it completely. The Gravity Bar is located on the 7th floor, and is the head of the giant pint; where visitors can relax with a complimentary pint of Guinness and view the magnificent city of Dublin in a 360 degree panoramic spectacle.

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  • The Auld Dubliner
    Appetizers; Dubliner sausage rolls is ground Irish sausage sautéed with onion & fresh herbs, wrapped in puff pastry & baked; banger wontons is ground Irish sausage sautéed with onions & herbs, wrapped in wonton skins, deep fried & served with sweet & spicy sauce; spicy potatoes is new potatoes deep fried & tossed in spicy wing sauce, topped with crumbled bleu cheese & served with ranch dressing on side; onion haystacks is spicy battered onions deep fried & served with tomato-chili sauce; ahi tuna ceviche stack is sushi grade ahi tuna diced & mixed with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lemon juice & jalapenos layered between crispy wontons. Entrees served with mashed potatoes & seasonal veggies; pan roasted pork chop is bone-in pork loin chop pan roasted & finished in oven with caramelized Granny Smith apples in sage-brandy pan jus; flat iron steak is flat iron steak grilled & topped with whiskey sautéed mushrooms; stuffed salmon is Atlantic salmon filet stuffed with crab & rock shrimp, oven baked & topped with lemon butter sauce; grilled chicken is boneless, skinless chicken breast grilled & topped with curry cream sauce. Traditional Irish Fayre; corned beef & cabbage is slices of corned beef with steamed cabbage, boiled red potatoes & carrots topped with Irish cream sauce; bangers & champ is grilled Irish sausage served over bed of mashed potatoes mixed with green onions, topped with housemade gravy; Irish beef stew is chunks of beef slow cooked with potatoes, carrots, celery, onions & fresh herbs in rich brown gravy; shepherds pie is mixture of ground beef & lamb cooked with carrots, peas & leeks in rich brown beef stock, topped with champ & then baked; fish n chips is black & tan beer battered Atlantic cod filets over bed of fries, served with housemade tartar sauce.

  • Restaurant Ten Fourteen
    Starters; soup of the day with house made breads; 1014's crostini with red onion marmalade, plum tomatoes & 3 cheese rarebit with aged balsamic syrup; 1014's seafood chowder with house brown soda bread; crispy challans duck salad with foie gras wontons, roast butternut squash & pumpkin seed pesto; pan seared Irish king scallop bruschetta with shrimp, chive & orange butter; tasting plate of meath rare breed pork with hazelnut & grape salad, jane russel's black pudding, pork rilletes, pigs head terrine, mustard ham, daube of pork; 1014's fish cake crab, prawns, squid, lobster & cod with aioli of capers, basil & winter carrots; roast wicklow field mushroom with mushroom risotto, seared haloumi cheese & sun dried tomato salsa. Mains; 28 day dry aged carlow rib eye steak with stuffed mushroom, gubeen cheese & chunky chips; pennoni pasta with carrigbyrne cheese, sundried tomato cream, garlic charred aubergine & torn basil; free range Monaghan caramelized chicken breast, fondant potato, chorizo & tomato stew & saffron aioli; duo of pan seared & cerviche Irish king scallops with citrus & cranberry relish; slow roasted meath pork belly with crispy crackling, champ, spiced apple compote & pork gravy; whole lemon sole with Dublin Bay lobster, sauté potatoes, champagne & dill cream; pan seared Irish wild hake with bacon & shallot mash, sauté spinach, confit tomato & salsa verde; 1014's fish n chips in Morretti beer batter, pea puree & lemon & coriander tartare sauce.

 

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  • National Botanic Gardens National Botanic Gardens Dublin, Ireland
    The National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, Ireland are located on 27 acres of spectacular landscaping between the River Tolka and the Prospect Cemetery, which includes some areas of the River Tolka floodplain. The Dublin Society started the gardens in 1795, which later became the Royal Dublin Society, and today has grown to house 20,000 living plants and millions of dried plant specimens. The greenhouses are marvelous examples of architecture for botanical gardens, and the gardens are the home for the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, that also include numerous sites throughout the country. This garden participates in the national and international initiatives for sustainable development and biodiversity, with Director Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson chairing the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation.  Thomas Tickell, the Irish poet, owned the house and estate in Glasnevin, Dublin, and in 1790 were purchased by the Irish Parliament and then given to the Royal Dublin Society, so they could start the first botanical gardens in the country. Addison's Walk is a double line of yews that survived the years, and the gardens original plan had been to improve the knowledge of plants for the processes of medicines, dyeing and agriculture. It was here that the first infectious disease that provoked the potato famine in the mid 1840s was discovered and research continued throughout its toll to find a suitable remedy. The gardens are an amenity for the locals and still a beautiful tourist attraction, but also is a thriving center for horticulture research and education, plus a breeding ground for numerous prized orchids. The soil is high in alkalinity, and has restricted the use and growth of many plants, but specially prepared areas have solved that problem, and rhododendrons thrive in the loving environment. The park has many outdoor habitats that include a rose garden, bog garden, herbaceous border, rockery and arboretum and a useful vegetable garden has been added. The National Herbarium is located on the grounds, and has a collection of 750,000 pressed plants that have been preserved over the gardens two hundred year history.

  • The Brazen Head
    No trip to Dublin would be completely successful and most enjoyable without going to one of the many pubs or bars that have been here since before the beginning of medieval times. The Brazen Head is the oldest pub in the city, established in 1198, and one with special historic and reputation value; since it is one of the best pubs in the city with live Irish tunes. The food is delicious and the brew is and has been the finest in the city. Just down the street from Christchurch Cathedral and the Guinness brewery, the pub has enticed customers for over 8 centuries. This fantastic pub was serving alcohol before the licensing laws were passed and has been serving true Irish ballads and music since then. On each and every night in the week, the pub hosts live bands, and on Sundays, has a live band that will play your favorite song while you are the lead singer. Much better than karaoke and the audience is sure to give you the thumbs up or down.

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  • National Museum of Ireland - ArchaeologyNational Archaeology Museum of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
    The National Museum of Ireland is the national museum in Dublin, Ireland that includes 3 branches in Dublin and one in County Mayo, that feature relics from the natural history, culture and art of the country. The archaeology gallery is located on Kildare Street showcases the period of the prehistoric Ireland, that contain the early workings of gold, medieval and Viking eras and church treasures. The gallery contains some marvelous works from early Egypt, Roman empire and Cyprus, with special collections rotated often. The collection includes the Broighter Hoard, these hoards contain liturgical vessels, the Derrynaflan Hoard, the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch, all well known examples of the medieval metalworks in Ireland, plus, prehistoric ornaments from the Bronze Age. Most of these beautiful and exquisitely detailed metalworks were discovered in the 19th century by peasants, after the amount of people increased forcing the land that hadn't been used since the middle ages had to be cultivated. And if George Petrie, who was in the Royal Irish Academy, and other people from the Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland, had not involved themselves in the preservation of these wonderful relics, they may have been melted down for the metal values, as was most often the case when these important artifacts were found. The Irish are more in tune with their past, as is the case of the Irish Bog Salter that was found by a machine operator in 2006. The Salter, or prayer book, also called the Faddan More Psalter, was discovered in Faddan More in north county Tipperary, Ireland in a bog, in 2006. Many scientists have stated that the book had been in the bog for over 1000 years, although it hasn't formerly been classified or identified; however, it is called the most important discovery of antiquities in many decades. The Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland museums were the foundation of the archaeology and history sections of the museum that grew at Kildare Street. The site had been opened in 1890 as the Dublin Museum of Science and Art, including the Leinster House, until 1922. This museum has become the national repository of all archaeological relics that have been discovered in Ireland and house over 2 million fantastic items. The permanent collections include the best collection of prehistoric gold artifacts in all of western Europe, with spectacular examples of metalwork from the Celtic iron age and the museum's world famous collection of medieval ecclesiastical jewelry and relics. The various aspects of the collection has been separated into marvelous galleries that are differentiated by Or - Ireland's gold relics, Life and Death in the Roman Empire, prehistoric Ireland, ceramics and glass from the ancient island of Cyprus, kingship and sacrifice, ancient Egypt, the treasury, medieval Ireland from 1150-1550 and the Viking Ireland.

  • Dublin Castle
    Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland, was the seat of British rule in the country until 1922, and is today part of the Irish government complex; much of which was constructed in the 18th century, but a castle has stood on the spot since the days of King John, first lord of Ireland. During that period, it was where the British government ruled the Irish, from 1171-1541, called the lordship of Ireland, then the Kingdom of Ireland, from 1541 until 1800, and finally part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1800 until 1922. Ireland then became a free country, or rather called, the Irish Free State in 1922. The original castle built at the site was a defensive fort for the Norman city of Dublin, then it became the royal residence for the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland or the Viceroy of Ireland, the British king's representative. The second in command of this government was the Chief Secretary for Ireland also had offices there, and through the centuries, the parliament and courts were held there until specific places were located or built for them. In 1922, when the free state was formed, it became the Four Courts on the Liffey Quays, which had been terribly destroyed in the country's civil war. The history of Ireland happened here, during many of the battles and invasions that occurred for possession of the country, and is really interesting. When visiting the castle and museum, it is a worthwhile story and fascinating for those with history or anthropological interests.

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  • National Museum of Ireland - Natural HistoryNational Museum of Ireland - Natural History Dublin, Ireland
    The natural history museum in Dublin, Ireland, is part of the National Museum of Ireland, and is one of the branches located in the city, located on Merrion Street and has been referred to as the Dead Zoo. The museum was constructed to house the collections of the Royal Dublin Society in 1856, that later were handed over to the Irish. The building and collection hasn't changed much since its early Victorian age, often called a museum of a museum, with the bronze statue of Surgeon-General Thomas Heazle Parke standing tall in the front grounds of the structure. The ground floor is called the Irish Room, and contains many Irish animals, with numerous mounted giant Irish deer and the skulls and heads of other deer lining the walls of the museum. There are stuffed and mounted displays of the mammals, fish and birds of the country, as well as insects and various animals that are native or found in the country; make up the remainder of the gallery. A number of the specimens are of extinct animals like the foxes, hares and badgers, that have hung in the gallery for over a century. Hanging from the ceiling is a Basking shark; which is the second biggest shark in the oceans after the whale shark. This creature of the deep can be seen feeding near the surface, as if basking in the sun, hence the name. The next floor, or second floor is called the lower gallery and houses some of the world's mammals that include extinct or endangered species that include the pygmy hippopotamus, quagga and thylacine. The thylacine was the biggest species of a carnivorous marsupial, also called the Tasmanian tiger, the Tasmanian wolf or tiger; which was native in Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, and believed to have become extinct in the 20th century, along some have been seen on the island of Tasmania. It looks like a large dog, with stripes down its back like a tiger, hence the nickname. The quagga is an extinct subspecies of the Plains zebra, and looks like a zebra on the front half and regular donkey on the rear. The higher galleries, are railed balconies, that exhibit the more primitive species of animals from birds to reptiles to microbes and invertebrates. The second ceiling has a humpback whale skeleton suspended from it, and there is a dodo skeleton from Mauritius also located there. The building was constructed in 1856 to hold the Royal Dublin Society's increasing collection that continued to grow since acquiring the 18th century collection, one of Europe's biggest, from Nathaniel Gottfried Leske in 1792. It is built with cabinetry to display the wide ranging and complex zoological collection that hasn't changed much in the last century. There are 10,000 marvelous displays that give a small glimpse of the natural world that has been enjoyed by millions of visitors since opening in 1857.

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
    Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, has been called the National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Patrick, Dublin or in the Irish tongue, the Ard Eaglais Naomh Padraig, that was begun in 1191, and is the biggest of the country's two cathedrals, as well as being the biggest church in the country. John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman archbishop of Dublin, was lifted to the status of a collegiate church, out of four Celtic parish churches, in 1192, where clergy would be dedicated to worshipping and learning. It was located out of the city's boundaries, and helped to make two new civic territories, one of them being under the direct temporal jurisdiction of the archbishop and dedicated to "God, the Blessed Lady Mary and St. Patrick in 1192. During the ensuing years, a large complex of structures were constructed by the cathedral, one being the Palace of the St. Sepulchre or seat of the archbishop. No one is sure when the church became a cathedral, but when Henry de Loundres was made archbishop after Comyn, it was already a cathedral, and that was in 1212. The cathedral that now sits here was built between 1191 and 1270, but the only remaining building of the first church is the baptistry. The majority of the work was done by overseer Henry of London, who was a friend of the King of England, and signer of the Magna Carta, and this Henry was also involved in the building of the walls of Dublin and the Dublin Castle. King Henry III ordered that a donation be made from the entire country for four years, from 1225 until 1229 for the reconstruction in the early English Gothic architectural style and that went on until the cathedral was rededicated in 1254. The Lady Chapel added in 1270.

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  • James Joyce Cultural CenterJames Joyce Cultural Center Dublin, Ireland
    The James Joyce Cultural Center was opened to promote the understanding of James Joyce's works and life. The house where this magnificent collection resides was built in 1784 by Francis Ryan for Valentine Brown, Earl of Kenmare, so that he could use it as his townhouse. The plasterwork was created by Michael Stapleton, one of the very best stuccadores of his era and given special treatment in the Constantine Curran book, "Dublin Decorative Plasterwork of the 17th and 18th centuries. His photos were invaluable to the renovation of the house and he was close friends with Joyce. The area was quite fashionable in the 18th century, but had fell into disrepair during the 19th and 20th centuries. The city council had demolished 12 buildings in the neighborhood by 1982, including one next door, but the number 35, had been saved from the demolition team by Senator David Norris, who lived on the street and was a Joycean scholar. With the help of friends and others, the necessary funding was acquired and used to refurbish it allowing it to open in 1996. The center has been managed by the Monaghan family, which was direct descendants of James' sister, May. Although James never did live in the house, he did have some connection to it via Professor Denis J. Maginni, the proprietor of the dance studio that was located in the old building. Maginni was a well known and colorful person in the city, who was mentioned in Joyce's book, "Ulysses"; where in the Wandering Rocks chapter was described by Joyce as wearing a "silk hat, slate frockcoat with silk facings, white kerchief tie, tight lavender trousers, canary gloves and pointed patent boots." The Maginni room has become the Cafe Ulysses, and had been the dining room of the house, with original plasterwork that contains dancing figures in the medallions that have been dated to Maginni's era. The Kenmare room is thus named to honor the Earl of Kenmare who built the townhouse in 1784. By 1982, the plaster had worn away, and was replaced by using the photos taken by Curran. The walls contain portraits of Joyce's family, his mother May Murray, who was sketched by Dedan Joyce, great grandson of May; his father, John Stanilaus Joyce, whose portrait had been commissioned by James from the Irish artist Patrick Touhy in 1923, which was the year after Ulysses was published. The Joyce family did live in homes that resembled this one, and on the table in the library, there sits a folder with the list of homes he did stay in, complete with photographs and details. There are two portraits of Joyce hanging in the library, one by Jacques Emile Blanche and anther by Harry Kernoff. The two paintings are copies with the originals housed in the Poetry and Rare Books Collection at the state university of New York at Buffalo.

  • Gaelic Football in Dublin, Ireland
    Dublin, Ireland seems to be the headquarters of the majority of the sports played in Ireland, with the most popular sports in the nation also being the city's most popular sports and include; hurling, rugby union, Gaelic football and soccer. Hurling and Gaelic football are the most popular two sports in the city and nation, with the Gaelic football team getting more spectators than any other sport in the nation; getting over one third of the country involved. This football is one of four Gaelic games that are overseen by the Gaelic Athletic Association, which has become the biggest sporting organization in the country, with more club members than are in any other sporting venue. There are very strict rules about amateurism, and the highest honor is the All-Ireland Football final; and thought to be from an ancient Irish football game known as caid, which goes back to the medieval times, with newer rules of play coming in 1886. This style of football is played in other countries as well, but not just those of Irish background, because it seems to be gaining popularity all over the world. There are teams coming from London and New York to play in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championships, with hybrid international rules that include the International Rules series between Australia and Ireland. There are 15 players on each side of a rectangular grass area with H shaped goals at both ends, much like an American football field, with the main object being to get the ball to go through the goals with either hands or feet by kicking. The team with the highest score wins. They bring the ball up the field by a combination of hand-passing off to other teammates, carrying it, kicking it, or soloing, which is dropping the ball to the ground, then kicking it upwards into someone's hands; rather than a forward pass.  The matches last an hour, divided into halves which are 30 minutes each, while the senior inter-county games lasting 10 minutes longer. Half time is usual 15 minutes, and draws or ties are decided by replays or 20 minutes of extra time. The 15 member teams include a goalkeeper, two corner backs, full back, two wing backs, center back, two midfielders, two wing forwards, center forward, two corner forwards and full forward. There are subs, up to 15 on each team, with only 5 being allowed to play at any given time. The numbering goes from 1 to 15, with the goalkeeper wearing a jersey that is colored different from the rest of his team members. The ball is a round leather football, with 18 stitched leather panels, and looks much like a volleyball, less than a pound when dry and kicked or hand passed. The hand pass isn't a punch but a strike with the side of the closed fist, using the knuckle of the thumb. Technical fouls are committed by picking up the ball, instead of scooping it up by the foot into the hands; throwing the ball, instead of hand-passing by striking it as mentioned above, or the open hand; going four steps without releasing it, like traveling in basketball, bouncing it or soloing the ball, which means that you kick the ball into your own hands; bouncing the ball twice in a row; hand passing the ball over the opponents head, and then running around him to catch it; hand passing a goal, although it can be punched into the goal from the air; square ball, which is rather controversial, states that if the moment that the ball and handler enter the small rectangle, there is an opponent already there, the other team takes the ball out; changing hands, which is moving the ball from one hand to the other. Scoring is obtained by putting the ball over the crossbar, with a point being awarded, and the white flag raised by the umpire. You can do this by either kicking it over, or by punching it over with a closed fist. If the ball goes under the crossbar, the goal is worth three points and a green flag raised. This goal can only be obtained by kicking. Tackling is allowed, and is more robust than soccer and less than rugby. Shoulder to shoulder contact is allowed, as is slapping the ball out of your opponent's hand with these rules applied; using both hands to tackle; pushing an opponent; striking an opponent; pulling an opponent's jersey; blocking the shot with the foot; sliding tackles; tripping; touching the goalkeeper when she/he is inside the small rectangle or wrestling the ball from the opponent. 

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