We are looking forward to the opening this summer of Dublin’s latest museum the Museum of Literature Ireland.

MoLI, as it will be branded, will be housed on St Stephens Green in Newman House and is a joint venture between University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland.

One of the main attractions will be a permanent exhibition devoted to James Joyce. This will take up around two-thirds of the space with the rest dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

The National Library has a similar exhibition devoted to WB Yeats.

The new Museum will open its doors having cost a little over €11 million. Almost half of this was devoted by Arts patrons Martin and Carmel Naughton with Fáilte Ireland chipping in €2.5 million and the rest raised from other philanthropic sources, mainly through UCD.

They have provided the space in the imposing Newman House situated between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the University Church on the side of the Green opposite the Shelbourne Hotel.

Promotion of the Museum started this weekend with the first broadcast of radio MoLi as a digital station. It will serve up plays, interviews and other literary based content on a rolling 24/7 basis which will be interesting to see develop.

The Sunday Times carried news of MoLI in yesterday’s edition which can be read here



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