If you go to Dublin...

Where to stay

Central Hotel

Exchequer St., Dublin


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

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Parnell Square North


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



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