Six spots for book lovers to visit across Ireland

Ireland is home to some of the most iconic literary moments.

From Ulysses to Normal People we have plenty to celebrate. And in case you didn’t know you can visit some of these fab places.

Check out some of the most iconic literary attractions around Ireland…

Trinity College Dublin

Of course, we couldn’t start this list without mentioning Trinity College.

Not only does it house the Book of Kells, it also is the backdrop to the now iconic Normal People.

It’s centre stage in both the book and the show.

Find out more here.

The Song House, Co. Donegal

According to Fáilte Ireland, this is the place that inspired poets across the decades including Seamus Heaney.

Previously known as The Poet’s House ‘Teach na nAmhrán’ is a must-visit!

It was a centre of literary activity for over 20 years and under its present musical ownership, the house continues to be full of character and to inspire creativity and learning through immersive retreats.

Head to their website for more.

The Yeats Building, Co. Sligo

Some of us still might be averse to Mr Yeats from our schooldays, but don’t let that stop you from visiting this gorgeous spot.

It has a permanent Yeats exhibition and the Hyde Bridge Gallery on the first floor offers a range of contemporary exhibitions.

Visitors will love the ‘Stand where he stood’ tours which combine poetry, drama, history and the landscape of Sligo to inspire you by what inspired him.

Check out details here.

The People’s Museum, Co. Limerick

If there’s one stop you need to make on your literary tour then it’s this museum.

It is an integral pillar in Ireland’s literary history.

This museum contains a fascinating collection of artifacts that celebrate the lives of Irish writers including an exhibition dedicated to Frank McCourt, the author of Angela’s Ashes. The museum also exhibits archive materials from late Limerick poet, Desmond O’Grady and author and playwright, Kate O’Brien.

Head to their website to book tours.

Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Co. Monaghan

Another man who may be maligned thanks to the Leaving Cert. But the centre is the great way to spend an afternoon!

The Kavanagh Trail follows the poet’s footsteps down winding lanes, through triangular fields and between the whitethorn hedges of Monaghan.

A guided tour of these local sites immortalised in Kavanagh’s writing is available and must be booked in advance here.

Writer’s Wall, Co. Kerry

Head to Dingle to visit this spot that pays tribute to well-known authors from the Chorcha Dhuibhne Gaeltacht and Blasket Islands, featuring quotes from the famous Gaeilgoirí from the area.

One of the writers from the Blasket Islands included on the wall is Peig Sayers, the icon herself.

Those who visit could also take a detour along the way to Listowel, ‘the Literary Capital of Ireland’ to visit the Kerry Writers’ Museum!

Head to discoverireland.ie for all the details!


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