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Learn from the writers

Few places can hold a candle to Dublin as a city of words. Begin your literary journey by reading a book by one of its great writers, before setting out to explore its streets on a walking tour.

The know how

Dublin's Literature - Enjoy from your armchair

Roddy Doyle: Comic novel The Commitments follows the fortunes of a soul band in working-class Dublin, and was made into a BAFTA-winning film (Twentieth Century Fox).

Patrick Kavanagh: You can listen to Kavanagh's best-known works read - or sung, in the case of If Ever You Go to Dublin Town - by the poet himself, on the album Almost Everything (Claddagh Records).

Anne Enright: The Gathering, Enright's novel about a Dublin family weathering the effects of a suicide, was the jury's unanimous pick for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. The audiobook is read by Irish actor Fiona Shaw (Naxos).

James Joyce: No one has chronicled Dublin like Joyce, who set all his major works in the city of his birth. Ease into their lyrical splendour with the short stories of Dubliners or brave his lengthy opus Ulysses (Penguin).

Explore more on foot

Dublin's literary heritage lies thick on its streets. Highlights include the Dublin Writers Museum, the James Joyce Cultural Centre and George Bernard Shaw's childhood home.

For more literary landmarks, see dublincityofliterature.ie and visitdublin.com.

You can download audio walking tours that follow in the footsteps of Ulysses' Leopold Bloom (visitdublin.com/iwalks). And be sure to visit Sweny's, the pharmacy described in the book and now a second-hand bookshop (1 Lincoln Place; sweny.ie).

Where to eat in Dublin

The riverside Winding Stair consists of a bookshop and a restaurant (mains from $27; 40 Lower Ormond Quay; winding-stair.com).

Michelin-starred Chapter One serves modern Irish cuisine in the vaulted basement of the Dublin Writers Museum (3-course dinner from $45; 18-19 Parnell Square; chapteronerestaurant.com).


Getting there: Etihad flies directly into Dublin from Abu Dhabi.

See etihad.com

Getting around: Dublin is good for walking.

Or try the Dublinbikes cycle hire scheme. See www.dublinbikes.ie.

The Dublin Area Rapid Transport (DART) runs along the coast to Howth. See irishrail.ie.