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Museum of Literature Ireland

Whether you are new to Irish literature or an expert, you will be inspired and surprised at MoLI – The Museum of Literature of Ireland. Located at #86 St. Stephens Green, MoLI is an interactive celebration of Irish poets, playwrights and novelists – old and new, famous and less known - in Newman House where James Joyce studied. It is a must-see for anyone interested in Irish literature.

The museum features immersive multimedia exhibitions and priceless literary artefacts, including ‘copy number one’ of Ulysses. It hosts events and performances, creative workshops and education programmes that inspire visitors of all ages to create, read and write. Changing exhibitions include one that features an in-depth look at one author at a time, while another looks at the connections between Irish literature and international cities. You can even get advice from recordings of the authors themselves!

To get the most out of your visit, it’s best to take the tour, 50 minutes long, led by highly knowledgeable and entertaining guides (book in advance). Or download a free audio guide. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Irish storytelling across the centuries and trace the footsteps of James Joyce. Check their website for events or even live-stream Radio MoLI.

The adjoining Courtyard and Readers Garden invites you to relax and read in the shade of the ash tree that James Joyce was photographed against at his 1902 graduation. A protected Killarney Strawberry tree, flowers and paths add to the tranquility.

The Commons Café overlooks the garden and is quickly becoming a favourite among locals. It was part of the University when Joyce was there. Come dine on a fine selection of Irish dishes inspired by literature.

Next to the Café, the MoLI shop is a book lover’s dream and includes a children's section. The shop also showcases a collection of beautiful gift items created by Irish makers.

You don't need a ticket to visit the shop or café, and sales help support the work of MoLI.

Next to MoLI is the lovely Newman University Church, which boasts a stunning interior with notable carvings, plaques and stained glass windows.

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