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Where to stay

Central Hotel

Exchequer St., Dublin

011-353-1-679-7302

www.centralhoteldublin.com

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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

Charlemont House

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

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.

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