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Dublin: The Birthplace of Literary Greats

June 10, 2013 - 1:45pm
Dublin: The Birthplace of Literary Greats

In 2010, Dublin was recognized as a cultural center for literary genius when it was named the UNESCO City of Literature. Famed authors including George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce lived in this Irish city, and travelers with a penchant for literature or even just a love of local culture can take advantage of the unique sites that helped Dublin earn this illustrious title. Visitors can tour writers' homes, see the streets and pubs that served as literary inspiration for the greats and get a better sense of who these acclaimed authors were and how they got to be that way.

Esteemed authors such as Samuel Beckett, Sean O'Casey, W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Seamus Heaney are woven into the literary fabric of Dublin, along with Joyce and Shaw. There are bridges, streets, pubs and other landmarks throughout the city named after these prestigious figures of literary history, but that is not all Dublin has to offer. The National Library, National Gallery, National Theatre (or the Abbey), Dublin Writers' Museum, Trinity College, National Concert Hall and Chester Beatty Museum all offer fun ways for bookworms to spend an afternoon or evening in the Emerald Isle city. Travelers can see words dating back centuries, including a monk's transcription of "The Book of the Kells," which was created around 800 A.D., according to VisitDublin.com. A stroll through Dublin's Merrion Square will take visitors past a lifelike statue of Wilde, reclining casually on a large boulder.

Travelers don't need to be on an escorted vacation to discover literary connections in Dublin, as every street corner may have played a role in a story, and every pub might have set the stage for a scene or housed authors like Yeats and Joyce as they perfected their masterpieces. Whether visitors opt to take a senior travel tour or explore the city on their own, they're sure to have an unforgettable experience worth writing about.