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(1882-02-02 - 1941-01-13 )
, Address in Dublin: 5 Usher's Island Dublin
I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.
Although not prolific, Joyce is regarded as one of the most important stream-of-consciousness novelist and influential writers of the 20th Century. Writers with the calibre such as Samuel Beckett, Salman Rushdie, William Burrough, Mairtin O’ Cadhain and Thomas Pynchon, to name a few, have been greatly influenced by Joyce's unique and innovative use of language in such masterpieces as the 700-page ‘Ulysses’ (1922) and ‘Finneganns Wake’ (1939). The latter is incredibly complex and few readers can comprehend its meaning. Joyce is also known for his short-story series, ‘Dubliners’ (1914), which provides a glimpse of “our dear dirty Dublin,” and an autobiographical novel, ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ (1916). He only wrote one play, ‘Exiles’ (1918). Joyce died in 1941 in Zurich.
(1667 - 1745 )
, Address in Dublin: No. 7 Hoey's Court
No men in Dublin go to taverns who are worth sitting with.
Jonathan Swift, the principal prose satirist of the English language, fruitful poet and essayist, political pamphleteer and dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin (1713 – 1745), owes his fame to his timeless novel ‘Gulliver's Travels’ (1726). It is still cherished by children all around the world as an adventure story; however, Swift intended it to be an adult satire open to a variety of interpretations. His other significant works include ‘The Battle of the Books’ (1697), ‘A Take of a Tub: And Other Works’ (1704), ‘Abolishing Christianity and Other Short Pieces’ (1708), ‘The Drapier's Letters’ (1724) and ‘A Modest Proposal’ (1729). Swift is buried in St. Patrick's Cathedral.
(1725-08-24 - 1803-23-01 )
, Address in Dublin: Thomas St. near the Guiness Gate
In my eyes Dublin has always been a tramway. I used to have to ride the tram for one hour and a half every morning and night. And it was always raining.
Arthur Guinness was a superior Irish brewer and a crafty businessman. He is known as the founder of the empire that bears his name: Guinness. However, it is not well known that he was also a humanitarian. In 1759, after several years of brewing only a few pints of beer or ale a day, he became Master of the Dublin Corporation of Brewers. It wasn’t until 19 years later that Guinness began producing porter – a style of rich beer made with roasted barley that gained its name from due to its consumption by porters. It is known as “Guinness' black Protestant Porter” after the owner's antagonism to the United Irishmen. Nowadays, Guinness’ black beer is probably the most famous Irish product. No less than 10 million licensed glasses of foamy stout are produced daily throughout every part of the world.
(1854-10-16 - 1900-11-30 )
, Address in Dublin: Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Wilde is celebrated as a children's writer, novelist, playwright and story writer. He published two collections of fairy tales: ‘The Happy Prince and Other Stories’ (1888) and ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ (1890). His success as a playwright began in 1892 with ‘Lady Windermere's Fan’ and he followed it with other comedies that earned him widespread acclaim such as ‘Vera, or The Nihilists’ (1880), ‘The Duchess of Padua’ (1883), ‘A Woman of No Importance’ (1893), ‘An Ideal Husband’ (1895) and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (1895). Wilde is also the author of prose including ‘The Canterville Ghost’ (1887), ‘Lord Arthur Seville's Crime and other Stories’ (1891), ‘Intentions’ (1891) and ‘De Profundis’ (1905). His most famed poem, ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’, was written in 1898, two years after Wilde's imprisonment for homosexuality.
William Butler Yeats
(13-07-1865 - 28-01-1939 )
, Address in Dublin: Merrion Square Nos. 52 and 82
Dublin is a city full of humour, Dublin is a city full of wit. Dublin is a city full of buskers, playing old Waterboys hits.
Yeats's long and prosperous career was crowned in 1923 by the Nobel Prize “for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Amongst his most famous works are ‘Easter 1916’, ‘The Second Coming’ and ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. Besides being a poet, he also composed 26 plays, the most notable being ‘The Land of Heart's Desire’ (1894), ‘The Shadowy Waters’ (1900), ‘Cathleen in Houlihan’ (1902), ‘Deirdre’ (1907), ‘At The Hawk's Well’ (1916), ‘Calvary’ (1921), ‘The Cat and the Moon’ (1924), as well as the ‘The Words Upon the Window-Pane’ (1934). As a visionary artist, Yeats presented his rather ambiguous views in all of his writings.
(1909 - 1992 )
, Address in Dublin: 63 Lower Baggot Street
This Dublin-born painter explored the subjects of misery and loneliness. His paintings are filled with unimaginably disfigured bodies and fantastically deformed faces. Of his many works, the better known are ‘Watercolour’ (1929), ‘Portrait’ (1932), ‘Abstraction’ (1936), ‘Figure with Meat’ (1954), and a magnum opus, his triptych ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’ (1944). He was a self-taught artist, but among his influences were Picasso, Velazquez and Van Gogh. Bacon's retrospective was shown in 1962 at the Tate Gallery in London. Also, the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York organised the artist's major exhibitions in 1963 and 1975.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856-26-07 - 1950-10-02 )
, Address in Dublin: 33 Synge Street
A certain flippant utile derision and belittlement that confuses the noble and serious with the base and ludicrous seems to me peculiar to Dublin.
Shaw was a man of many passions. He was a chief figure in 20th-Century theatre, a literary critic, socialist spokesman and one of the most popular public speakers of his time. He is, however, primarily famous for authoring over 50 plays. Several of them, like ‘Major Barbara’, indicated that socialism could help solve the dilemmas posed by capitalism. Shaw gained world-wide renown in 1904 with the appearance of his play ‘John Bull's Other Island’. His status as a dramatist continued to rise, and plays such as ‘Heartbreak House’, ‘Back to Methuselah’, ‘The Apple Cart’ and his masterpiece, ‘Saint Joan’, were all welcomed with strong critical praise. In 1925, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature and he accepted the award, but rejected the money. Shaw's immortal play ‘Pygmalion’ (1914) served as the basis for two films titled ‘Pygmalion’ and a musical, ‘My Fair Lady’. He was looked upon as the “second Shakespeare.”
(1976-05-31 - )
Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.
Colin Farrell was born in Castleknock, Dublin and has achieved the status of a rising Hollywood star. Despite his current status, Farrell was the son of Irish football player, Eamon Farrell, and young Farrell first showed talent, not as an actor, but as a goalkeeper for Castleknock Celtic. He was a student at Gaiety School of Drama, but dropped out. In 1998 and 1999 Farrell starred in ‘Ballykissangel’, an Irish BBC television drama. However, it wasn't until the role of Private Roland Bozz in Joel Schumacher's ‘Tigerland’ (2000) that the actor received international acclaim. The 2003 films ‘Phone Booth’, ‘S.W.A.T.’ and ‘The Recruit’ made him very successful. The next year he took up the role of Alexander the Great in Oliver's Stone production, which was not well received by critics. In 2005, he was nominated at the Academy Awards for his role in ‘The New World’. Colin Farrell made the list of the ‘50 Most Beautiful People’ by ‘People Magazine’ in 2003.