THE MARSH LIBRARY, Dublin
“The Unspoiled Gem of Ireland!”
Established in 1707
By Glenn Arnette
Stephen A. Gonya
Probably our most memorable moments in our visit to Dublin was when we stepped through an arched entryway just beside St. Patrick’s Cathedral and walked into the MARSH LIBRARY!
First of all we were greeted by Jason McElligott who was in charge of this wonderful historical attraction containing books from the 1500-1700, with over 300-400 being the only surviving copies.
As we walked into the main room, this may sound funny, but the smell of history came alive and it seemed that the spirits of the books wanted to speak!
All books can be available to you provided you have an appointment. This is frequently done by those doing research and study work!
“Rare” is certainly not the only word we would use to describe this library, as we would say it is a “marvel” and preservation of history at its highest level.
You can actually hold a treasure and feel the touch of the most magnificently bound volume of work and art and read the styles of English so unusually written those many years ago!
See the signatures of the hundreds of famous visitors over the years including Abraham Stoker, later known as Bram Stoker. Remember his works, especially DRACULA! Then, how about the work notes handwritten in the edges of a book by Jonathan Swift.
That is the mere beginning to the history of the Marsh Library. It is really a must when in Dublin. Some people call the place small but perfect, but that is not true, there is a world in there. We would put this opportunity as a major stop along the way and one you will talk about for months.
Now that we have returned to the States, we value our moments there more than ever and wish we had had more time to explore! Jason McElligott, thank you and your staff for introducing us to one of the most historical libraries in the world. He is the author of “Sole Survivors,” the companion book to the library’s current exhibit!
You can actually hold a book without using gloves for protection. You feel history at its best. Make this a part of your visit!