Ireland-based travel writer Pól Ó Conghaile explores Dublin's vibrant literary heritage through the city's music scene, cafés, libraries, and museums.Ireland-based travel writer Pól Ó Conghaile explores Dublin's vibrant literary heritage through the city's music scene, cafés, libraries, and museums.
One of the things I love about literary Dublin is that the literature isn't always on the page. It's almost as if it's in the air. Dublin is really exciting at the moment for one reason, and that is that it's experiencing something of a second coming. There's a whole new wave of energy, new cafes, New restaurants. Music is part of Dublin's DNA, too. When you're walking around the streets, it's like there's tunes everywhere. There's drab music or there's rock bands. One of the things you have to do when you're in Dublin is take a time out to sit down in an authentic pub. Cuz literally Dublin actually, It emanates from these pubs. There's even a Dublin literary pub tour which spends about two or three hours taking you into these pubs, where these great literary characters would have met. Other examples, like the little museum of Dublin, where it's not going for huge, big artifacts and ancient treasures. It's just going for little tokens of Dublin during the 20th century Ireland has a reputation as a land of saints and scholars. And you find that going way back to [UNKNOWN] books like the Book of [UNKNOWN]. But it's really in the 20th century in Ireland's literary image has come to the forum. You think about authors like James Joyce, writers like George Bernard Shaw, Brenda [UNKNOWN] I'm Patrick Carvener. All of these people lived and worked in Dublin. Even today, Dublin is one of only a handful of Unesco world cities of literature and you walk down the streets and you meet someone and they will say you to what's the story? And it just shows you how important that conversation I'm telling tells is to Irish people and people in Dublin in particular. If you wanna really get stuck into culture in Dublin there's a couple of keystones that I'd recommend you visit. The Abbey is Ireland's national theater. This is where the great plays and the great playwrights made their debuts. Just a couple of steps away, you have the Gate Theater, which is vibrant today, but also has this tradition of bringing in international superstars. Then you have museums. You have places like the Chester Beatty Library, which is hidden away at the back of Dublin Castle. Once you peer into the cases, they just sort of bring alive whole other world I looked at them because it's as much about history as it is the here and now. It's just a really exciting time to be in the Irish capitol. [MUSIC]