This is a post I started writing a long time ago, but the draft has just been sitting in my draft folder and I decided that it was about time to do something about it and get it published and Throwback Thursday seemed like a good time to get it out.
Last Easter in Ireland I decided to go for a Literary Pub Crawl. Dublin is a city known for it’s writers and literature and I have previously visited the Dublin Writers Museum and I enjoyed that a lot. So this time I thought I would get to discover more of the Irish writers and their watering holes. Even if the number of pubs in Dublin have become a lot fewer than the 3000 it used to have, around 850 pubs is still a good number. And in this pub crawl we got to visit quite a few great literary ones.
We met up for the tour at a good old pub called The Duke and the group that was there for the tour was a very varied group with people from all over Europe, America and Canada. The atmosphere was great and the actors that conducted the tour was simply wonderful storytellers and good performers.
Not all the stops was at a pub, we also stopped off in the grounds of Trinity College to hear about all the writers that went to school here. Walking in the grounds of the College in the evening, listening to stories, was really a great experience.
Among the famous writers we heard more about was Joyce, Behan, Yeats, Beckett and Wilde. But also more from the very rich Irish literary history. It’s not without reason that Dublin is called City of Literature by UNESCO.
We visited a pub called O’Neill and after we gathered outside for more information by the statue of Molly Malone. All of the people that joined the tour except for a Spanish family that brought their quite young son and did not have too much English. But everyone else had a really good time. The tour was the perfect mix between interesting facts about Irish writers and visiting good pubs.
I found the tour online at Dublin Pub Crawl and thought it could be fun and it really was. I can recommend it to everyone looking for something to do in Dublin.