Literary Ireland: Storymapping Dublin City

Batty Langley Lodge dining 400 wideEvery year on the 16th of June, Dublin city celebrates Bloomsday enthusiastically. It was the day when Leopold Bloom explored the city in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Here in Dublin it means breakfasts, walking tours and much merriment. It got us thinking about how many literary gems there are on offer in the city of Dublin.

Storymap website is a great resource for ideas on places to explore. From Patrick Kavanagh to Roddy Doyle, Jonathan Swift to Paul Howard aka Ross O’Carroll Kelly, it has plenty of signposts for interested parties and you could stay in one of our city centre based properties; Merrion Mews or the Georgian Townhouse or one of our Leixlip or Celbridge properties; Batty Langley Lodge, Castletown Gatehouse or Castletown Roundhouse. Jonathan Swift’s lover Esther Van Homrigh, immortalized in his writings as Vanessa, grew up in Celbridge Abbey and Batty Langley Lodge has been selected by the NIAH as Property of the Month for July.

Did you know that Dracula by Dubliner Bram Stoker is the second best-selling book of all time (the Bible being the number one bestseller)? There is now a museum dedicated to Stoker, located in Clontarf just outside the city centre. Some of the other main literary related attractions in the city are The Book of Kells housed in Trinity College, the National Library (currently running a wonderful Yeats exhibition) and the James Joyce Centre.