Dublin’s newest museum is an ode to Ireland’s renowned literary culture and heritage through the ages. The country has been the homeland of some of the world’s most famous authors including Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift and Bram Stoker. 

Tourists will now have the opportunity of exploring and celebrating this literary legacy at the new Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) on St Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin city reports Lonely Planet. The museum will display numerous literary treasures from the National Library collections including the very first copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses, as well as handwritten notebooks for Ulysses and letters, including one from Joyce to WB Yeats.

Activities at the museum

The museum will also host a range of other activities. These will include writing events, readings, performances, debates and discussion, as well as a Joycean research library. There will be historic house tours, contemporary artistic commissions, a courtyard café and a bookstore. MoLI will also feature temporary exhibitions throughout the year, the first focusing on Limerick-born writer Kate O’Brien. 

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The museum will additionally have its own original broadcasting studio. The studio will record interviews, readings, discussions and events with writers, poets, artists, performers, educators and academics from Ireland and abroad. Listeners will be able to access this online no matter where in the world are.

MoLI celebrates Ireland’s literary culture 

Simon O’Connor, director of MoLI said, “MoLI will be a literary and educational oasis for locals and visitors alike, in the very heart of Dublin.” Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin, added: “at the heart of MoLI is Ireland’s outstanding literary culture, and not just the riches of the past but also the dynamic present and future of Irish writing.”

Apart from the exciting new experiences at MoLI, the building it’s situated in has an interesting history of its own.  Newman House was once the family home of Thomas (Buck) Whaley, the famous gambler and member of the Irish House of Commons. It was then sold to Charles Bianconi who didn’t want the house for himself. The Italian-Irish entrepreneur bought the house for the Catholic University. As Whaley’s father was a notorious anti-Catholic, Bianconi stepped in to pose as the buyer.

MoLI will officially open from 10am on Saturday, 21 September. Tickets will be priced at €6 (US$6.62) and can be purchased at the museum.

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