IMG_1085Dublin – a UNESCO city of literature.  The birthplace of James Joyce and affiliated with nobel prize winners for literature such as Yeats, Shaw, Beckett, and Heaney – this city offers a variety of activities related to their works as well as literature in general.  I spent about five days in Dublin so I had ample time to wander around and see many of the sites.  The city is small but chock-a-block with things to do and see.  Weather permitting I would suggest walking whenever possible (don’t forget to pack your hats and scarves – I definitely underestimated how cold it would be at the beginning of September!).

I spent a full day touring around Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Trinity College is home to the Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, while St. Patrick’s is strongly tied to the life and works of Jonathan Swift who served as Dean of the cathedral.  At St. Patrick’s hop on a free tour in order to get the most out of your visit!  My tour guide was fun and knowledgeable – I learned a lot about Irish history surrounding both literature and religion.  Marsh’s Library might also be of interest to my fellow book lovers!

On a very cold and rainy day my friend and I headed to the James Joyce Centre for the Dubliners walking tour.  Whether you are a Joyce enthusiast or simply want to experience the city from a different perspective, this tour is a great way to see Dublin.  If you have not read much Joyce this tour might also encourage you to pick up one or two of his works (I’m still excited about the copy of Finnegan’s Wake I picked up at the centre for only 3 euros!).  The tour started at the centre and ended at Trinity College.  Along the way we learned a little bit about Joyce’s life and how his personal experiences in Dublin are represented and dealt with in his writings.  After the tour it was off to the Guinness Storehouse to warm up with a pint or two of the good stuff!

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