With the opening of an interactive Irish literature museum, Dublin is revelling in its cultural heritage, but the city’s wealth extends to cuisine, antiquity and, of course, pubs
The Museum of Literature Ireland, or MoLI (for some the acronym will conjure up images of Molly Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses) has been a long time coming. The National Library of Ireland and University College Dublin began talking about a collaboration in 2010, with the aim of making proper use of two important assets: the NLI’s extensive James Joyce collection, and the university’s historic home, a fine Georgian townhouse on St Stephen’s Green. It was always going to be a big tourist draw, but museums dedicated to books or writers rarely capture the magic of reading. MoLI, which opened last week, is different. Unsurprisingly Joyce, who attended university in this building, features heavily, with a vast array of rare editions and manuscripts that are sure to delight fans of Ireland’s great modernist.