St Annes (Dublin)

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c. 1880-1900 (courtesy of the NLI Collection)
c. 1880-1900 (courtesy of the NLI Collection)

The National Library of Ireland was established by the Dublin Science and Art Museum Act, 1877 and it first opened its doors on 29th August 1890.

The following is a list of the Directors of the Library:

William Archer 1878-1895

Thomas W. Lyster 1895 -1920

Robert Lloyd Praeger 1920-1924

Richard Irvine Best 1924-1940

Richard J. Hayes 1940- 1967

Patrick Henchy 1967-1976

Alf MacLochlainn 1976–1982

Michael Hewson 1982-1988

Patricia Donlon 1989 - 1997

Seán Cromien 1997

Brendan O Donoghue 1997 - 2003

Aongus Ó hAonghusa 2003 - 2009

Fiona Ross 2010 - 2014

Sandra Collins 2015 -


The National Library is also a stop on the Bloomsday Tours which celebrate James Joyce's novel Ulysses. The novel follows the journey of Leopold Bloom across Dublin from Sandycove to Howth Head on a single day, the 16th of June 1904. On his travels, Bloom visits the National Library on Kildare Street to look up an old copy of an ad that he is trying to place. This occurs in Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis. 


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Type of Building:

Public Building (e.g. library)

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