For the first event of the year I am proposing a visit to the National Gallery, Dublin. Just a visit, no painting, to reacquaint ourselves with the newly re-furbished gallery. Who might we meet on the Turret Staircase? These dark days of January are also a rare chance to view the Turner watercolours there, in the Henry Vaughan collection. Not just the Gallery also refers to the fact that the National Museum in Kildare St. is close by and is literally a treasure trove of Irish Art in Gold, silver, glass etc. etc. from the last five millennnia. With a dramatic Egyptian section displaying among other things, stunningly realistic portraits from 2000 years ago. Also, on Nassau Street is Trinity college with the Book of Kells etc. As the Nat. Gallery cafe is always crowded, and dreadfully noisy, with tiny tables, I am proposing that we meet up in Buswells Hotel on Kildare St at 11 and again at .3pm. Nearest Dart station is Pearse Street.
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