October 30, 2007
National Gallery of Ireland is my most favorite place in Dublin. This art museum houses paintings, sculptures, etc. not only from Ireland but also from European countries. National Gallery of Ireland is located in Dublin city center, and a few minutes walk from Trinity College and National Museum of Ireland. The best of all, an entrance to the general exhibition is free! I go there whenever I have a spare time in Dublin.
Some of the paintings you can admire at National Gallery of Ireland are by Irish painters such as J.B. Yeats, Hamilton, Roberts and O’Conor, also by European painters such as Caravaggio, Rubens, Chardin, Monet, Picasso, Vermeer, Goya and Turner. A good size collection of Yeats room and a portrait collection including U2′s Bono’s portrait by Brocquy are some of the must see things at the gallery.
The place is not as big as Louvre in France or Metropolitan in New York, but is a good size, and takes several hours to look thoroughly. You can take a break at Gallery cafe with a cup of tea. Also, don’t miss the gallery shop before you leave.
National Gallery of Ireland: http://www.nationalgallery.ie