Yeats lures lots of library visitors
VISITOR numbers to the National Library surged by a third this year as people were enticed across its threshold by the romance of WB Yeats (right).
A total of 177,925 people flocked to the Kildare Street venue in Dublin to glimpse its exhibitions, including a look at the life and work of Yeats.
The month-long series of readings and events celebrating Yeat's legacy involved leading public figures, such as actress Anjelica Huston, feminist writer Germaine Greer and former Catatonia singer, Cerys Matthews.
Another of its major successes during 2010 was 'Power and Privilege', which displayed photographs of the life of the landed gentry in the 'big houses' in the latter half of the 19th Century.
Thousands of people also paid a visit to research their own family trees, in the wake of television programmes such as 'Who Do You Think You Are?'
Fiona Ross, director of the library, said she was "particularly pleased to note" an increase in the number of people eager to look up their family's roots.
Among the major acquisitions by the library over the past 12 months were 12,000 photographs depicting life in late 19th century and early 20th century Ireland.