I like this idea from City of a Thousand Welcomes initiative. A simple notion asking volunteers to meet up with a visitor to Dublin and share – over a cuppa or a pint – their enthusiasm for the city.
You fill in a simple form and nominate one thing every visitor to Dublin should see. For me it is the National Library of Ireland. Not just packed with archives and exhibitions and literary ghosts, but a great place to stand on the steps and watch the comings and goings to Government Builidngs and the Dail next door.
Only problem for me is that I don’t qualify as a Dubliner!
Catherine Morris is curator of the National Library of Ireland exhibition Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival at Kildare Street, Dublin. Next Tuesday she will present a guided tour of the exhibition dealing with the life of an intriguing woman.
Alice Milligan (1866-1953), from the Northern Ireland Protestant Unionist tradition, put Northern Ireland at the centre of the Irish Revival. Her use of gas-powered magic lanterns as a Gaelic League lecturer, and tableaux vivants to promote Irish theatre, also put visual culture at the heart of that Revival.
To reflect Alice Milligan’s use of innovative visual techniques, the exhibition includes a series of projected images related to her life, including a photo of Cave Hill, Belfast -symbolically associated with Wolfe Tone – where Alice and W B Yeats walked together.
The curator tour of the exhibition takes place at the National Library of Ireland this Tuesday, 8 March at 2.30 pm.