A Hesburgh Libraries Walk in Dublin

This month, thousands of supporters of Notre Dame’s football team will travel to Ireland for the Aer Lingus Classic, to be played against the Naval Academy in Aviva Stadium in Dublin on August 26th.

The Hesburgh Libraries, home of one of the great Irish studies collections, has found a way to enhance visitors’ experience of Dublin while also telling them about connections with our library. We have developed a short and interesting walk in Dublin’s city center that connects stories of our library collection with the streets and buildings along the way. We hope the discussion of special books and manuscripts within a geographical context will make for a memorable experience.

The tour may be followed using an online app that combines a spoken narrative, mapped directions, and additional links to library books and manuscripts.

Statue of Henry Grattan and books from Henry Grattan’s personal library, as seen in the Dublin Tour app.

On Thursday, August 24th, the program will be introduced in Trinity College, Dublin, and will feature musicians from Trinity’s Traditional Music Society along with the librarians who will set the scene for the ‘Hesburgh Libraries Walk.’

Anyone may download the walk app to their phone, allowing them to follow the walk. The walking tour is guided by a map, an audio narrative, and visual details. For those taking the walk immediately following the presentation, Hesburgh Library personnel will provide wi-fi along the route.


A Hesburgh Libraries Walk in Dublin City Center
Maharry Theatre, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin
Thursday, August 24th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

To follow the self-guided walking tour, use the QR code here and follow the instructions.

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Rare Books and Special Collections is located on the main floor of the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana, and is open to students, faculty, visiting researchers, and members of the community Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm (closed weekends and major holidays).