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    If you go to Dublin...

    Where to stay

    Central Hotel

    Exchequer St., Dublin

    011-353-1-679-7302

    www.centralhoteldublin.com

    Blocks from Trinity College and Grafton Street and moderately priced. Its Library Bar is one of the city’s great meeting places: No TV, no music — just overstuffed chairs and the hum of conversation by the greatest conversationalists in the world. From $74.

    What to do

    Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art

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    Charlemont House

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    Parnell Square North

    011-353-1-222-5550

    www.hughlane.ie

    Inside the front door is a massive marble bust of Michael Collins by Cork sculptor Seamus Murphy and there are many paintings by Sir John Lavery, a friend of Collins. It is rumored that Lavery’s American wife, Lady Hazel Lavery, was Collins’s secret lover.

    Dublin Writers Museum

    18Parnell Square

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    011-353-1-872-2077

    www.writersmuseum.com

    In an 18th-century Georgian townhouse, one can view artifacts of Ireland’s numerous writers and also take a break at the Chapterhouse Cafe.