The National Gallery of Ireland (Irish: Ghailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann) houses the national collection of Irish and European art. Founded in 1854, it opened ten years later. There are no entrance fees and the current director is Raymond Keaveney.
It has, since its opening, gathered more than 2,500 paintings and 10,000 drawings, sculptures and other works of art dating from the late Middle Ages to the present days. Every major European school of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings, the majority of which are on permanent display. . It houses paintings by renowned painters, Irish, Spanish, French, Italian, Flemish and of course, Irish. We quote: Poussin, Picasso, Fra Angelico, Mantegna, Vermeer, and Velázquez. As for the Irish painters are present paintings by Yeats, Orpen, Hamilton, Barry, Lavery, Roberts, O'Conor or Leech. With the desire to make art accessible to all, these collections at the National Gallery are free to the public.
At the heart of Dublin, the gallery hosts many Irish works from the seventeenth century to the twentieth, particularly with a series of rooms dedicated to the paintings of Jack Yeats, as well as other works of the Italian baroque or great Dutch masters.
Free audio tour guides to permanent collection, including children's audio tour, Free public tours at weekends (check gallery website for details), family activities, family drawing packs, shop, restaurant, telephones, cloakrooms, wheelchair access to all levels.
The gallery offers all the good reasons to go for a visit: it is free and opened 361 days of the year but this is not only admission that's free – you can also attend free lectures, tours and workshops, as well as borrow audioguides and drawing kits. There are lots of activities for families: free workshops, family packages and children's audio guides , or holiday and mid-term courses for children and teenagers.
For those interested in art, free tours and talks are organized as for lecture series, symposiums or drawing courses.
Centrally located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the National Gallery is an ideal meeting place. Have lunch or coffee in the large coffee shop on the ground floor, run by Itsa, browse in award-winning bookshop can be a good way to spend the afternoon..