FEBRUARY 16th 2017

Source: National Library of Ireland

After some preliminary meetings with my project colleagues, we decided to take a trip to the National Library of Ireland to conduct a fact finding exercise on Thoor Ballylee or Yeats Tower as it is better known.  Gavin, Maria and I met at a really nice coffee house called Java Republic at 10:30 am where we met Neale Rooney who is a departmental representative from Maynooth University. Neale  accompanied us to library in order to familiarise and help us find the material we were looking for.

At 11:00 am we arrived at the National Library of Ireland on Kildare Street, Dublin 2, and proceeded to register and get our photographic identifications.

National Library of Ireland Photographic Identification

When we entered the library, we read all the rules and regulations in relation to handling and photographing the materials and signed a form that was required before our reading material was given to us. When the negatives came out to us, a problem arose with permission with some/all the material in relation to copyright.  At that point the staff member asked Neale to contact the legal agents for the Yeats estate for permission to photograph the negatives.   The negatives themselves were not really sufficient for making a 3-D model of the tower so we decided to go to the Yeats exhibition which was in another part of the building to see if we could find anything in there.

The exhibition was very good but again, it lacked anything that we could use in our projects, so we decided to move onto plan B which was the Architectural Archives in Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

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