Welcome to MoLI

The story of Irish literature is brought to life in the original home of UCD

PICTURESQUELY LOCATED ON the south side of St Stephen’s Green in the beautiful complex of historic buildings where the University was founded, UCD Newman House is soon to be the home of a new landmark institution: MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland.

James Joyce (by Helena Perez Garcia)

A major partnership between UCD and the National Library of Ireland, MoLI draws inspiration from the genius and influence of UCD’s most famous student, James Joyce, and is named after his best- known female character, Molly Bloom.

Opening on Friday 20 September (Culture Night), the Museum of Literature Ireland will celebrate Ireland’s internationally-renowned literary culture and heritage from the past to the present, inspiring the next generation to create, read and write.

Immersive multimedia exhibitions, priceless artefacts from the National Library collections, lectures, performances, cutting-edge children’s education programmes, digital broadcasting, cross-disciplinary artistic commissions and a café set in one of the city’s most beautiful gardens will make MoLI a major contribution to the local and international literary landscape.

First Floor, The State and Irish Writing

Museum Highlights Include

  • James Joyce’s ‘Copy No 1’ of Ulysses, the rarest copy of the most important novel written in the English language, inscribed by Joyce to his patron Harriet Shaw Weaver.
  • Joyce’s handwritten notebooks for sections of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, giving insight into his unique creative process.
  • Rare recordings from the National Folklore Collection.
  • Exhibitions on Irish writing and writers past and present, including opening exhibitions on Kate O’Brien, Young Adult Fiction and the State and Irish Writing.
  • William Butler Yeats’ Nobel Prize Medal for Literature.
  • Historic setting in UCD Newman House, where famous Irish writers including James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Kate O’Brien and Maeve Binchy were students.
  • Historic ash tree where James Joyce’s graduation photograph was taken in 1902.
  • Courtyard café serving local and seasonal dishes.
  • Beautiful hidden gardens connecting to the Iveagh Gardens, a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city.

Visit MoLI

Open 7 days 10am–6pm (From 20 September 2019)

Admission €8 | Concession €6 | Members go free

MoLI | Museum of Literature Ireland
UCD Newman House, 86 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 | moli.ie | 01 477 9811