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Did you know that Bram Stoker was Irish and that ‘Dracula' came from Dublin? If not, you are certainly in for a few more surprises. Dublin is as famous for its literary heritage as it is for the production of Guinness. Dublin writers have had their works translated to hundreds of international languages, acted upon endless international stages and studied in the best universities in the world. The Dublin Writers Museum is an unmissable museum for anyone who appreciates and celebrates the rich fabric of literature produced by Dublin's literati.

There is 300 years worth of intelligensia and literary magic housed inside the Dublin Writers Museum. Stroll from O'Connell street in the heart of the city centre to the adjacent Parnell Street, and the beautifully restored Georgian mansion on No.18 Parnell Square serves as the ‘treasure within a treasure'.

The museum serves as a vehicle to showcase both classically famous and modern writers, being next door to the Irish Writing Centre. A panoramic history of Irish literature is presented from its modest beginnings to recent times. The progression of Irish literature through its phases, movements and notable names is unveiled and spread out and illustrated with pictures depicting individual authors and playwrights. For those of us who love nothing better than to ponder Joyce, try to unravel Beckett and laugh at Wilde, this collection is a treasure and an oddly comforting personification of the people whose works we have loved and enjoyed for decades.

Room 1 spans the 18 th and 19 th century authors and works, all the way through to the Literary Revival. Enter Room 2 to discover all the famous writers of the twentieth century. However, writers who are still alive – even those notable and great, who have contributed to history are not included in the display.

The Gorham Library with its beautiful Stapleton ceiling sits at the top of the grand staircase, as though something to aspire to. The museum's reserve of bookings including rare and first editions are housed here. Volumes from special collections are also displayed here.

The Gallery of Writers is next door to the Library, and this is an unmissable room, adorned with portraits and busts of Irish writers.

There is also a dedicated room to children's literature aptly named ‘Seomra na nÓg' (Room of the Young in Gaelic). This is very interesting as children's literature is often overlooked as an art from in literature, and it is rare to find a museum that promotes and applauds the works of past authors in this field.

Interestingly, the museum also houses personal letters, postcards and belongings of many Irish writers; these provide an otherwise hidden view into the lives and loves of the names we so often hear, but know so little about.

So, if you want to discover Irish literary treasures from Gulliver's Travels to Dracula, from Ulysses to Waiting for Godot, there is no better place than the Dublin Writer's Museum.

There is a coffee shop and bookshop in the museum where you can while away the hours with your nose in a good book. Bliss.

Entrance is not free, and the museum is open:
January to December: Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, last admission 4.15pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 11.00am - 5.00pm, last admission 4.15pm

The museum is closed December 25 th and 26 th with earlier closing times during the Christmas period.


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