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Located inside the Trinity College Library, The Long Room is a historic room built in the early 18th Century. The rooms is home to about 200,000 old books and is an attraction in itself. One of the most famous copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic is housed inside the Long Room. High ceiling, marble busts and books lined from the floor to the top make for this spectacular room.
The Book of Kells is one of the most well known illuminated manuscripts in the world. Now on display in Dublin's historic Trinity College, the book was created by Celtic monks sometime around the year 800 CE (the exact date is unknown.) The book is so well known due to the astonishing intricacy of the illustrations that adorn its pages. A visit to the Book of Kells and its exhibit is not to be missed while in Dublin.
The current Irish Parliament has governed since 1922 and consists of the Dail (House of Representives) and the Seanad Eireann (Senate). Before its dissolution in 1800, the Irish Parliament was located in the present Bank of Ireland building on College Green. Both houses of the Irish Parliament are currently housed in the majestic mansion that is Leinster House. With a view over Merrion Square and the opportunity to see the ornate Seanad chamber, it is worth arranging a tour here. Leinster House is, for security reasons, normally not open to the public. Tours are therefore by arrangement only: for more information either telephone or ask at the Kildare Street entrance.
Erected to commemorate Dublin's own millennium, a statue of Molly Malone pensively stares at passers-by on the southern end of Grafton Street. Ever ready for a comic put-down, Dubliners immediately christened the well-endowed Molly "the tart with the cart". Molly Malone - in case you didn't know - was a fictional fishmonger who sold cockles and mussels and was immortalised in a popular Dublin song.
Grafton Street and the surrounding area is the most upmarket shopping district in Dublin. Grafton Street itself is pedestrianized and runs from Trinity College up to St Stephen's Green. It is home to some of Dublin's signature businesses, including the city's most elegant department store Brown Thomas. Grafton Street is also home to many familiar high-street names, and the upper end of the street is anchored by the sunny, glass-roofed St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. In the surrounding area, Dawson Street features Waterstone's, the city's best book store. Wicklow Street boasts some funky shoe shops and Clarendon Street is home to the upmarket Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. In all, this district should supply most, if not all, of your shopping needs.
Located along the Dawson Street, the Mansion House or the Teach an Ard-Mhéara is an important landmark of the city. Dating back to 1715, this house continues to serve as the residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. It was in this 18th – century house where the Irish Declaration of Independence was proclaimed. Notable visitors to this house include Pope John Paul II and Queen Victoria. At present, the Mansion House features two classy venues, namely Round Room and Fire Restaurant; each of these plays host to weddings, fund-raising events, charity balls and similar functions. For more details call ahead or simply check the website.