The prestigious offices of Ireland’s national bank began life as the first purpose-built parliament house in Europe. Completed in 1739 it served as Ireland’s Parliament until the Act Of Union in 1801 this imposed direct rule on Ireland from London. Today attendants lead tours that point out the coffered ceiling and oak panelling. There are also huge tapestries of the Battle of the Boyne and the siege of Derry, and a splendid 1,233-piece crystal chandelier dating from 1788. The present building also known as Grattan’s Parliament was completed in 1808 after additions were made.
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