A Walk with Famous Irish Writers (Self Guided), Dublin

Check out this unique tour to learn about the lives of famous Irish writers, such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. You will visit places from their daily life, as well as monuments, museums, a birth place, and even a final resting place. Follow this tour and learn more about Dublin’s literary background.
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Guide Name: A Walk with Famous Irish Writers
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Author: max
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Oscar Wilde House

1) Oscar Wilde House

The Oscar Wilde House is located on Merrion Square, one of the last great Georgian squares in Dublin. You can visit it only by guided tour, booked in advance.

Oscar Wilde’s father William, a noted surgeon, moved into the house at N°1 Merrion Square in 1855, when Oscar was a year old. William had his consulting room in the house and today it has been restored and you can see several antique surgical instruments on display, lent by the Royal College of Surgeons. He had his own operating theatre in the basement, which is now a café.

William Wilde died in 1876, leaving his widow deep in debt. She sold the house and moved to England. The house continued to be a family residence for many years until it was turned into small flats and one-room studios. In 1971 the building was in such bad repair that it was boarded up for over 20 years.

In 1994 the American College of Dublin took on the building and completely renovated it, bringing a new shine to the ancient wood floors, restoring the magnificent cornices, hanging antique mirrors in the halls, the dining room and the drawing room.

Students have classes on the top two floors of the house. The other rooms are used for art and sculpture exhibitions, lectures given by local and visiting artists, conferences and private functions. Each room has been decorated as it would have been in Wilde’s time with exquisite antique furniture and fine rugs.
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Mulligans

2) Mulligans

Leopold Bloom, famous protagonist of James Joyce's Ulysses, often visited this establishment. James Joyce spent most of his life in France, but he remains the only writer to write exclusively using Dublin as a setting. Generations of journalists, writers and politicians have visited this old haunt. Today, cultural pilgrims around the world continue to come in this pub where very little has changed for over a century.
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James Joyce Centre

3) James Joyce Centre

This venue is dedicated entirely to James Joyce and instils great imagination and enthusiasm for all things Joycean. This cultural centre has a bookshop, a library, a meeting room where various workshops take place, plus an exhibition space. The Centre also houses the Guinness Library which holds a rich collection of Joyce's texts and translations into foreign languages. There is a whole section dedicated to Joyce's Irish contemporaries. Among the exhibits of The James Joyce Centre is the door of No.7 Eccles Street, the fictional address of Joyce's Ulysses hero Leopold Bloom. Visitors to the Centre may also take advantage of the many walking tours available, following the steps of Leopold Bloom throughout Dublin.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5 pm.
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Dublin Writers Museum

4) Dublin Writers Museum

The Dublin Writer’s Museum is housed in a beautifully restored 18th century Georgian mansion with sculptured plasterwork, stained glass windows and an air of timelessness. You really shouldn’t miss a visit to this important museum.

The museum opened in 1991 with the aim of promoting Irish literature and authors. The wonderful collection is set out on display in two rooms – in Room 1 you will find books dating from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. Room 2 is dedicated to writers of the 20th century, but no living authors.

You will be able to admire first editions of Jonathon Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” among other old and sometimes rare tomes.

In the Writer’s Gallery, which is used for temporary exhibitions and receptions, you will see various portraits and busts of the Irish writers whose books you have been admiring in the exhibition rooms. There is also a collection of postcards, papers, pens, pipes and other items belonging to Yeats, G.B. Shaw, Oliver Gogarty and others.

The museum has a very good bookshop where you will find copies of the books in the museum, souvenirs and handmade gift items. You can enjoy a meal in the museum cafe, which serves full meals, snacks, salads and excellent home-made scones, jam and cream.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Brazen Head

5) The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head originally opened back in the medieval ages. Today, this establishment retains its original look and atmosphere despite all the changes that it has been through. The Brazen Head’s decor reflects the bar's long history, earning its place in Irish history. Remarkable Irish people like James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan frequented this old haunt. The live traditional Irish music and Guinness are never ending here.
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The Grave of Jonathan Swift

6) The Grave of Jonathan Swift

You will find the grave of Jonathan Swift in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on the junction of Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street.

The grave, to the right of the entrance to the cathedral, is very simple, consisting of a gated off area on the floor, with little to distinguish it other than two plaques, one for Jonathan Swift and the other for his life-long companion and friend, Esther Johnston, or “Stella” as he called her. To the left of the entrance there is a bust of Swift and his epitaph, which he wrote himself.

Don’t be too disappointed by the simplicity of this grave, because although Swift was a great man, he was also a simple one at heart. He had a strong sense of justice and his satirical essay “A Modest Proposal”, in which he suggests that the children of the poor be fattened up for the rich to eat, was an attack on the heartless attitude of the Irish rich towards the poor.

He was a writer, poet and a priest – serving as Dean of St Patrick’s between 1713 and 1742. A lot of his work was published under a pseudonym; e.g. Gulliver’s Travels was first published under the name of Lemuel Gulliver.

Swift had a great fear of death; it was thought that for most of his life he suffered from Méniére’s disease, and it is possible that towards the end of his life he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease; many considered him insane, with his outbursts of violence and his sudden speech problems. He died in 1745 and left his money for funding an establishment in Ireland for the mentally ill, for, as he said: “If there was ever a country in need of such an institute, it is this one”.
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George Bernard Shaw's Birth Place

7) George Bernard Shaw's Birth Place

His birth place was a simple two story house near the Grand Canal. His parents were not affluent, but nevertheless, George Bernard Shaw went on to represent the golden generation of Irish writers. His novels and plays are part of the world literary heritage. He was very successful and his genius was recognized during his lifetime. Today, Dublin carries on his legacy with honor.

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