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Honouring Dublin Writers

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature proudly commemorates great Dublin writers such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, GB Shaw, Samuel Beckett and many more. While visiting the City of Literature, stop by the many literary statues, memorials and plaques on former homes. Steet names, architecture and feats of structural engineering such as Dublin Airport and the Samuel Beckett Bridge also honour Dublin writers.

 


Literary Statues and Memorials

Percy French

Location: Grand Canal

 

Thomas Kettle

Location: St. Stephen's Green

 

George Bernard Shaw

Location: National Gallery of Ireland

 

Charles Lucas

Location: City Hall

Date erected: 1772

 

Thomas Moore

Location: College Street

Date erected: 1857

 

Oliver Goldsmith

Location: Trinity College

Date erected: 1864

 

Edmund Burke

Location: Trinity College

Date erected: 1868

 

Four Masters

Location: Berkeley Road

Date erected: 1876

 

Sir John Gray

Location: O'Connell Street

Date erected: 1879

 

William E. Lecky

Location: Trinity College

Date erected: 1906

 

James Clarence Mangan

Location: St. Stephen's Green

Date erected: 1909

 

Thomas Davis

Location: College Green

Date erected: 1966

 

James Joyce

Location: St. Stephens Green

Date erected: 1982

 

James Joyce

Location: North Earl Street

Date erected: 1990

 

Patrick Kavanagh

Location: Grand Canal

Date erected: 1991

 

Oscar Wilde

Location: Trinity College Dublin

Date erected: 1996

 

Oscar Wilde

Location: Merrion Square

Date erected: 1997

 

Brendan Behan

Location: Royal Canal

Date erected: 2003

 

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Heritage Plaques

Samuel Beckett

Location: East Pier, Dun Laoghaire

 

Dermot Bolger

Location: Beneavin De La Salle College, Beneavin Road, Finglas East.

 

Christy Brown

Location: Stannaway Road, Kimmage

 

Eilis Dillon

Location: St. Patrick's Park

 

Joseph Sheridan le Fanu

Location: Merrion Square

 

Peadar Kearney

Location: 68 Lower Dorset St.

 

Thomas Kinsella

Location: Phoenix Street

 

Padraic Colum

Location: Eden Road, Glasthule

 

Samuel Ferguson

Location: St. Patrick's Cathedral

 

Oliver St. John Gogarty

Location: Parnell Square

 

James Joyce

Location: Brighton Square, Rathgar

The Mullingar Inn, Chapelizod

Ulysses Walk (14 plaques)

 

James Plunkett

Location: Sancta Maria CBS Primary School, Synge Street, Dublin 8

Lantern Centre, Synge Street, Dublin 8.

 

Patrick Kavanagh

Location: Raglan Road

 

Charles Kickham

Location: Stradbrook House, Blackrock

 

Sydney Owenson

Location: Kildare Street

 

George Russell ('AE')

Location: Merrion Square

 

George Bernard Shaw

Location: Synge Street

 

Dora Sigerson Shorter

Location: Richmond Hill

 

Annie Smithson

Location: Claremont Road, Sandymount  

 

Bram Stoker

Location: Kildare Street

 

Jonathan Swift

Location: Little Ship Street
   

Katherine Tynan

Location: Tallaght

 

Oscar Wilde

Location: Merrion Square

 

William Wilde

Location: Merrion Square

 

W.B. Yeats

Location: Merrion Square

 

W.B Yeats

Location: Sandymount Avenue


The Literary Parade, St. Patrick's Park, consists of memorials to Swift, Mangan, Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Synge, O'Casey, Dillon, Joyce, Behan, and Beckett


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Bridges

Austin Clarke

Name & Location: Austin Clarke Bridge, Templeogue

 

James Joyce

Name & Location: Anna Livia Bridge

Year Opened: 1982

 

James Joyce

Name & Location: James Joyce Bridge

Year Opened: 2003

 

Seán O'Casey

Name & Location: Seán O'Casey Bridge

Year Opened: 2005

 

Samuel Beckett

Name & Location: Samuel Beckett Bridge

Year Opened: 2009

 

 

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Literary Place Names

Sean O'Casey Avenue
Auburn Street (off Fontenoy Street) (1)
 Brendan Behan Court 
Crampton Court (off Dame Street) (2)
Clarence Mangan Road
Synge Street
James Joyce Street
Goldsmith Street (off North Circular Road)
Dean Swift Square
Le Fanu Park
Le Fanu Road
Quartiere Bloom


The new city development at Park West will have the following streets named after Irish writers:

Joyce Way
Yeats Way
Beckett Way
Heaney Avenue
Kavanagh Avenue
O'Casey Road
Banville Avenue
Friel Avenue

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Inspirations based on
 

Location: Earlsfort Tce. (Hotel Conrad)

Date:1989

words of author/poet: "Peace comes dropping slow" 

 

Location: Stephens Green

Date:1967

words of author/poet: Knife Edge (W.B. Yeats)

 

Location: Nassau St. (Setanta Centre)

Date: 1974

words of author/poet: The Táin

 

Location: Irish Life Centre

Date: 1987

words of author/poet: Sweeney Astray

 

Location: Garden of Remembrance

Date: 1971

words of author/poet: Children of Lir

 

Location: South Gt. Georges st.

Date: 1988

words of author/poet: Poet's Chair


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Dublin's new Conference Centre

Quotes from Dublin writers are featured in Dublin's new Conference Centre opening in September 2010

 

Dublin Airport Authority

Has completed a major commemorative project in the airport's new departure lounge which features twelve Irish writers in huge glass mural, including Dublin writers. The specially designed panels include a portrait and a brief quotation from the writer's work

 

Irish Ferries

The Dublin-based shipping company, has used Dublin writers as the inspiration for naming three of its newest ships – the Jonathan Swift, the Oscar Wilde, and the largest car ferry in the world – the Ulysses


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[1] From Goldsmith's Deserted Village: 'Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain'.

[2]Named after Philip Crampton, Lord Mayor of Dublin (1758-9) and bookseller.

 
 

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