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Book Dublin hotels and visit the National LibraryThe Great War is being remembered at a museum in Dublin, with people in the Irish Republic being encouraged to bring in family souvenirs of their ancestors’ struggles and hardship during one of the bloodiest wars in history.

Any mementoes and reminders will help form part of a European-wide project which is to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war in 1914.

Hundreds of people have already turned up at the National Library in the Irish capital, with medals, photographs, diaries and a host of other sentimental valuables to be digitised and logged in what will be the first ever Europe-wide online archive of private stories and documents of the Great War.

Just one of many cultural institutions lining the streets of Dublin, it stands as a proud reminder of a complex historical past. It could represent a poignant and educational day out for any of those staying in one of the fine Dublin hotels this year, the perfect base for a European city break.

Image courtesy of YvonneM

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