The city of Dublin claims an impressive number of literary all-stars _ Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde, Behan, Joyce, Yeats, Shaw and Beckett, to name a few. Now you can celebrate the city's writers, and Irish literature in general, in the Dublin Writers Museum, newly opened at 18-19 Parnell Square North. On exhibit are a library of rare books, old literary journals, death masks, portraits, busts and assorted memorabilia, such as Brendan Behan's typewriter and James Joyce's piano. Performances of music and drama and poetry readings are also presented. Admission to the museum is about $3.75 for adults, about $2 for students and seniors, and about $1 for children under 12. Information: Irish Tourist Board (800) 223-6470.
As of mid-December, a new reservations system for national park campgrounds and cave tours at heavily visited parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and Mammoth Cave will finally give visitors credit. Until now, phone reservations were available only to travelers with credit cards, but the National Park Service's new deferred-payment system accepts credit cards, personal checks or money orders. Reserve by calling (800) 365-2267, then send your payment within 14 days. Reservations for a family campsite can be made eight weeks in advance, and group (eight or more people) site reservations are accepted 12 weeks in advance (except at Ozark National Scenic Riverways, where you must reserve 25 weeks in advance). Off-season (through February) reservations can be made seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; from March 1 through the end of September, reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An additional bonus of the new system, say parks representatives, is providing recommendations for alternative locations if a campground is booked. For information, or a new camp reservations brochure detailing frequently visited parks and procedures for family or group campsite reservations, call (202) 208-4747.
Hawaiian life focus
of Honolulu display
An exhibit of 160 paintings, drawings and etchings depicting Hawaii and its people from 1778 to 1941 is on display at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. "Encounters With Paradise" was assembled from museums and private collections in the former Soviet Union, Denmark, Sweden, England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States. The works are divided into four categories spanning the legacy of Hawaii from the arrival of Capt. James Cook to the beginning of World War II. The exhibition runs until March 22 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 South Beretania St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96814; (808) 538-3693. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
to Cambodia lifted
The U.S. Treasury Department has lifted restrictions on travel to Cambodia. The move allows American companies to arrange transportation to Cambodia and organize tours and conduct business there, activities that previously were banned. Another limitation removed was a ceiling of $200 that Americans could spend per day after arranging a visit through a third country. "There is no limit on how much money Americans can spend," said a Treasury spokesman. "They can use credit cards. American carriers, if they wish, can land there." Cambodia's major attraction is the ancient temples, particularly the Angkor temple complex near Siem Reap. Most tourists go on day trips by air to the temples. Despite the Treasury Department's announcement, the State Department is maintaining a warning discouraging trips to Cambodia because of military activity, hidden land mines and "widespread banditry" near tourist sites. The United States does not have full embassy and consular operations in Cambodia.
_ Compiled from Times wires