Founded in 1877, the National Library of Ireland holds the single most important collection of Irish documentary heritage in the world. Among the treasures held by the library is the collection of Yeats manuscripts and books donated by the poet's family over a number of years.
Every year thousands of people visit the library to carry out family history research. Library material used by family history researchers includes the microfilms of Catholic parish registers, copies of the important nineteenth century land valuations (the Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith's Valuation), trade and social directories, estate records and newspapers.
Whether visiting Ireland to research your family history or to learn more about the literary history of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland is a must see. Book your next self-drive vacation to Ireland with Celtic Tours.