Manuscripts, early editions, personal possessions, and other pieces of ephemera relating to Ireland’s most famous writers are on display at this fascinating museum in Parnell Square. The exhibits are laid out across two rooms, tracing the development of Irish literature up to the present day. Lovers of Behan, Joyce, Shaw, Stoker, Wilde, Yeats, and other greats of the canon will find plenty to savor here—from the trivial (Brendan Behan’s postcard from Los Angeles extolling its virtues as a place to get drunk) to the profound (a first edition of Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger, complete with a handwritten extra section that his publisher refused to publish, fearing it too controversial). You can take a self-guided audio tour, and there’s an excellent bookshop—of course. Talks, readings, and other special events are occasionally held here; call or check the website for details.
Dublin Writers Museum
18 Parnell Sq., Dublin 1
Our Rating Hours Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 11am–5pm. Last admission 45 min. before closing. Transportation Bus: 1, 2, 8, 14, 14A, 16, 16A, 19, 19A, 33X, 39X, 40, 40A, 40B, 40C, 41X, 48A, 58X, 70B, 70X, 116, 120, 123, 145 Phone 01/872-2077 Prices Admission €8 adults; €7.50 seniors and students; €4.70 children; €20 families Web site Dublin Writers Museum
Map18 Parnell Sq., Dublin 1 Dublin
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