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Best museums and sites in Ireland? January 1, 2017

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New Year, new resolution to get to more museums and sites on the island. I’m very tempted to say Spike Island which I got to this year. There’s just so much and a great café that isn’t too pricey. There’s naval gun emplacements, a network of corridors and rooms in the walls of the fortress, some exhibits from the riots in the 1980s when Spike Island was used to hold juvenile offenders, exhibits from earlier in its history when amongst other things it was used as a staging post for Fenians being deported, a great boat ride across which brings one very close to Haulbowline – the Irish naval service base, and more. It’s also bee well funded and looks great. I was there on a freezing day but it didn’t matter. The sheer scale of the place was almost enough in itself.

Any other suggestions North, South, East, West?

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1. crocodileshoes - January 1, 2017

HMS Caroline in Belfast.

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WorldbyStorm - January 1, 2017

Haven’t been, but it’s on the list.

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2. Michael Carley - January 1, 2017

Collins Barracks for 1916, Asgard, and the Croppies’ Acre.

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WorldbyStorm - January 1, 2017

Yeah, Asgard is a wonder.

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Michael Carley - January 2, 2017

And philosophically interesting as whatever the opposite of Trigger’s Broom is.

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3. Joe - January 1, 2017

Something in today’s Sunday Times I think, about the increasing number of museums (good!) … and the increasing number that don’t pay their staff (not so good?). Didn’t read beyond the headline (must try that in 2017).

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sonofstan - January 1, 2017

My daughter, who works in the sector, still fumes at the mention of Brian Hayes who, when minister in charge of the OPW, suggested, in her hearing, to a roomful of heritage professionals, that most of their work could be done by volunteers

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WorldbyStorm - January 1, 2017

Sheesh. Well that’s depressing.

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4. irishelectionliterature - January 1, 2017

I love Kilmainham Gaol , The Heritage Park near Wexford Town with the Crannog is a great spot too.
We’ve spent many holidays in The Burren where aside from the walks you have The Poulnabrone dolmen , castles , holy wells , Black Head, The beach at Fanore or even a Trip to the Aran Islands. If I were to retire down the Country it would probably be to Ballyvaughan….

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5. An Cathaoirleach - January 2, 2017

Apart from the State Rooms and the general buildings and surroundings of Dublin Castle, there are three Museums on the site. A small Revenue museum in the basement of the church, beside it the refurbished Garda Museum & of course the Chester Beatty Library.

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WorldbyStorm - January 3, 2017

+1. I’ve never been in the Revenue museum, is it interesting. The Garda museum is fantastic as is the CB, and a fine cafe in the latter.

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