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Dublin Writers Museum

This museum is dedicated to the most famous Irish writers in history.  

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This museum resides inside an 18th-century mansion in Dublin City Centre next to the Garden of Remembrance. The Dublin Writers Museum first opened in 1991, and is dedicated to the lives and works of some of the most renowned Irish authors. The various exhibits include books, letters, and portraits from well-known writers such as James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and Samuel Beckett.

A few objects on display are also world-renowned literary treasures. These include an 1804 edition of Gulliver’s Travels, written by Irish author Johnathan Swift and a first edition copy of Dracula by Bram Stoker. 

A few more interesting items visitors will find inside include Mary Lavin’s Teddy Bear, poet Austin Clarke’s desk, and Beckett’s phone. Lavin is known for her short stories, many of which earned various awards. She was heralded as a pioneer in women’s writing. Many of her works centered around women’s issues and featured themes of Catholocism. 

There is also a café and bookshop on the ground floor of the museum. 

Know Before You Go

This museum is easy to access. After walking to the top of O’Connell Street and passing by the Gate Theatre, you’ll come to Parnell Square where the museum is located. It sits beside the Hugh Lane Gallery, which is also worth a visit.

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