The written word: literary Dublin
You can cross bridges dedicated to Beckett and Joyce and greet sculptures of a louche lounging Oscar Wilde or a canal-side Patrick Kavanagh lost in poetic thought. You can drink in McDaid's, a Victorian jewel of a pub frequented by the loquacious Brendan Behan and the uniquely funny Flann O'Brien. You can pay homage in St Patrick's Cathedral where Jonathan Swift daydreamed Gulliver’s Travels. Retrace Leopold Bloom’s steps as he starts his wanderings in Ulysses, Joyce's masterpiece that forever locked early 20th century Dublin in its pages. Explore Trinity’s cobbled campus, a character in its own right in Sally Rooney’s coming-of-age novels.
Just to be in Dublin is to see its fictional creations come to life, but for a guided immersion into the interior landscapes of its writers, fiction fans are suitably served. At the Museum of Literature Ireland, multimedia exhibits jostle for attention with priceless literary artefacts, including ‘copy number one’ of Ulysses. Meanwhile, the James Joyce Centre is the jumping off point for a study of the author’s meticulous representations of the city and its people. Add to this a selection of internationally renowned literary festivals, myriad readings and literary pub crawls and Dublin has plenty to tempt book worms out of that chair and into its streets.
- Things to see & doMuseums
Seamus Heaney: Listen Now AgainThings to see & doLiterary Dublin
Oscar WildeThings to see & doStatues & monuments
Marsh's LibraryThings to see & doLibraries
Pearse Street LibraryThings to see & doLibraries
Irish Theatre Summer School
Patrick KavanaghThings to see & doStatues & monuments
St Patrick's CathedralThings to see & doChurches & religious sites
Museum of Literature IrelandThings to see & doMuseums
Trinity CollegeThings to see & doPublic buildings