logo unesco  dublin

Home Literary Dublin Dublin Writers Honouring Dublin's Writers

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


back to top

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

back to top




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



back to top


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

back to top


Inspirations based on

Location: Earlsfort Tce. (Hotel Conrad)


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


Location: Stephens Green


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

back to top


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

back to top

[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.


Stay Social With Dublin UNESCO


  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size