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Dublin Writer Haunts

By Visit Dublin

31st October 2019

A vibrant city, Dublin has been the inspiration behind countless poems, plays and books throughout the years. It’s also a place that some of the world’s most acclaimed writers have called home. We reveal the most beloved Dublin haunts of esteemed Irish writers like Beckett, Yeats and Wilde, as well as visiting international scribes like Kipling and Greene...

Illustration of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

English novelist and journalist Rudyard Kipling’s most famous work is undoubtedly The Jungle Book. However, he also had an interest in Irish matters, particularly the Home Rule debate. He wrote about it in his memorable poem Cleared, which references Dublin’s lush oasis, Phoenix Park.

Illustration of Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Avant-garde novelist, playwright and theatre director Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Many of the writer’s plays, including his most famous Waiting For Godot, were performed over the years at the historic Gate Theatre on Cavendish Row.

In 2009, a new bridge across the River Liffey in Dublin was opened and named the Samuel Beckett Bridge in his honour. Reminiscent of a harp on its side, it was designed by the celebrated Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who had also designed the James Joyce Bridge further upstream.

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W. B. Yeats

Together with his friend and fellow literary enthusiast Lady Gregory, Irish poet W. B. Yeats founded The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre, in 1904. Positively steeped in history, this famous Lower Abbey Street space has welcomed an eclectic array of renowned plays over the years. Visit today to step back in time and experience a slice of old Dublin.

In 1923, Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and, as a celebrated figure, he was indisputably one of the most significant modern poets.

Illustration of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

This flamboyant author and playwright was as well-known for his witty quips as his vast body of work. Visit the leafy oasis of Merrion Square, where a statue of Wilde lies in recline on a rock, just opposite the house he lived in as a child, which is now home to the American College Dublin.

Even 115 years after his death his wit, irreverence and spirit are as alive as ever in Dublin. “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

Illustration of Brendan Behan

Brendan Behan

Born in 1923, acclaimed Dublin poet, short story writer and playwright Brendan Behan wrote in both English and Irish. His most famous works include the play The Quare Fellow and semi-autobiographical book The Borstal Boy. He loved to socialise, and could often be found enjoying a pint in Davy Byrne’s on Duke Street; an atmospheric pub that also features in James Joyce’s Dubliners.

Illustration of Graham Greene

Graham Greene

An English author who wrote over 25 novels during his 67-year career, Graham Greene loved to visit Ireland. While here, he’d spend an afternoon at the iconic Shelbourne Hotel on St. Stephen’s Green. Stop by for a cocktail or afternoon tea in the most luxurious of settings

Illustration of George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

As well as penning critically acclaimed plays and short stories, George Bernard Shaw was also an avid political activist, and campaigned for gender equality and rights for the working classes. Nestled among an array of exquisite restaurants, the laidback Bernard Shaw pub on Richmond Street is named in his honour.

Pygmalion, which was later adapted and turned into the musical My Fair Lady, was possibly Shaw’s most acclaimed work.

Shaw is the only winner of an Oscar for a screenplay and a Nobel Prize for Literature. He bequeathed a third of his royalties to The National Gallery of Ireland including revenues from all performances of his plays and adaptations of his work into films.

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