Enjoy A Literary Route Through Dublin

James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw … the list of writers who have left their mark in Dublin is very long.
Enjoy a literary tour of Dublin

Dublin has a thousand ways of being visited : you can see its monuments, it is possible to enjoy its pubs day and night , discover the traces of how the country achieved independence or visit the factories of the most international products in Ireland. But there are still more ways to visit the Irish capital, and one of them is to take a literary tour of Dublin.

A literary route through Dublin, or several

Trinity College Library
Trinity College Library

Dublin’s literary heritage is huge. Therefore, there is not only one literary route, but there are several. There are cities like the beautiful English city of Bath, which has a literary route focused on a single writer: Jane Austen. However, in the case of Dublin there are several writers who can be followed in the footsteps.

But not only that, Dublin, as one of the most attractive literary scenarios in the world, also offers the possibility of visiting old libraries, bookstores full of publications or museums of a literary nature. In one of these museums we will begin our proposal.

Dublin Writers Museum

As our literary route through Dublin is going to skip through different literatures related to the city, the best place to start it has to be the Dublin Writers Museum, located in the central O’Connell Street. It is the best place to delve into this wealth of the capital and be amazed by the number of writers it has inspired.

A writer for every literary tour of Dublin

1. James Joyce

James Joyce statue
James Joyce statue

Possibly, of all those writers, the one most linked to Dublin is James Joyce, since he has works such as Dubliners or his famous Ulyses  that are only understandable here.

And the traces of the writer in his Dublin are uncountable. It can be seen from his statue on Earl Street to the James Joyce Cultural Center, passing through the plate that reminds him of O’Connell Bridge or the pubs he frequented, such as the Davy Byrne.

2. WB Yeats

Actually, there is a whole literary pub crawl around Dublin. And that tour also includes Toner’s, which was the only pub famous poet WB Yeats went to when he spent time in town. But let’s go back to our literary route, which includes a visit to the headquarters of the National Theater, the Abbey, an institution that Yeats himself founded in 1904.

3. Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift's grave
Jonathan Swift’s grave

Another author to mention is the creator of Gulliver and his travels. Well, we will pay tribute to Jonathan Swift by visiting the monumental Cathedral of Saint Patrick, where his tomb is and where he served for a few years as dean, combining his literary creation with his services as a religious.

4. Patrick Kavanagh

The poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh is one of the city’s most beloved authors. Although he was not born in Dublin, he was adopted by the capital after many years of living here. Therefore, you can discover his statue near the Baggot Street bridge, where it was usual to see him walk. Just as it was normal to see him having coffee at Bewley’s on Grafton Street, a beautiful establishment.

5. Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde statue on a literary tour of Dublin

Once on Grafton Street, you can walk through this area of ​​Dublin to reach Merrion Square park. There is one of the most charming sculpture of the Dublin writers, that of Oscar Wilde. You can also visit his birth house, towards which the man of letters is supposed to direct his gaze, lying naturally on a rock.

6. More protagonists of a literary route through Dublin

We could write more and more about the rest of the Dublin-related writers. Notable, for example, Bram Stoker, author who was inspired by distant Transylvania in Romania to write his Dracula . Or we could also mention George Bernard Shaw, the first creator who received both the Nobel Prize for Literature and an Oscar as a screenwriter.

And we would also talk about Brendan Behan, Flann O’Brian or Samuel Beckett, another Nobel laureate from Dublin. That is, as we said at the beginning, in Dublin there is no literary route, there are several for each one to do their own.

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