To celebrate the new exhibition "A City of Words" at MoLI, we have two annual memberships to giveaway


From its first opening in 1991, the Dublin Writers Museum on Parnell Square amassed a collection of rare first editions, specially commissioned bronze busts and contemporary artwork, as well as personal items and intriguing mementos connected to the city’s writers from Jonathan Swift to Mary Lavin.

Highlights of the collection on display at the exhibition include Samuel Beckett’s telephone from his Paris apartment, Brendan Behan’s typewriter and union membership card, Mary Lavin’s childhood teddy bear, Frank O’Connor’s spectacles, Oliver St John Gogarty’s flying goggles and letters from Sean O’Casey, alongside rare editions of works by WB Yeats, Katharine Tynan, Edna O’Brien, and Bram Stoker.

Following the closure of the Dublin Writers Museum in 2020, the museum collection was transferred to MoLI to ensure its future safekeeping and availability for public display.

Paul Keeley, Director of Regional Development at Fáilte Ireland said: “MoLI is connected as much to the living artistic community of today as it is to the rich writing tradition of our past and is a fantastic home for the Dublin Writers Museum Collection. Placing the collection here will help bring the unique story of Ireland’s literary heritage to life in new and immersive ways for a broad range of visitors. It will also ensure that these important artefacts benefit from the cultural curation, management and maintenance expertise of the staff at MoLI and their partners in UCD and the National Library of Ireland.”

Beckett Godot first Irish programme inside pages

Director of MoLI, Simon O’Connor, said: “The Dublin Writers Museum Collection is a fascinating and very unique survey of our city’s literary history through personal items, artwork, sculpture, books and correspondence.

“Here at MoLI we are very proud to be entrusted with this collection, and to make it accessible in perpetuity to Dubliners and visitors from across Ireland and beyond. These precious items are a wonderful addition to the rich literary history on display at MoLI.”

Mary Lavin by Peter Fitzgerald "Portrait with Pendant"

Making this superb collection newly accessible to the public and visitors to Ireland, ‘A City of Words’ is now open and will run at MoLI until Summer 2025, when beloved items from the Dublin Writers Museum collection and exhibition will remain on permanent display at the museum.

Becketts Paris Apartment Phone

For more information on MoLI and what's on in addition to the Dublin Writers Museum, visit for more information or to book your visit.

Giveaway Time!

To mark the new exhibition at MoLI, the Museum of Literature Ireland which celebrates the collection of the Dublin Writers Museum, we have an annual membership for you and a friend, each valued at €50 to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter your details below.

Giveaway Closed

This giveaway is now closed – congratulations to Róisin Keating, Dublin 24 and Karizma Williams, Dublin 22 – you are our winners.  We have dropped you an email.  Thank you so much for all of your entries.