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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on June 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm
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Oscar Wilde in Dublin

Dublin is full of writers, but there is one particular writer that over the years has retained a strong presence in the city. It probably helps that there is a statue of him comically lounging on a rock in central Merrion Square, but nonetheless, Oscar Wilde has maintained his place in the hearts of the Irish.

This statue is one of the first things I saw when I arrived in Dublin for the first time. As anyone who has been to Dublin will tell you, we are blessed with clever and humorous taxi drivers, and my first trip was no exception. In a taxi on the way to my hotel, the driver pointed out various attractions including pubs that writers frequented and former homes. But when he said, ‘And there’s Oscar himself!’ I was taken aback.

A statue of Oscar Wilde with a pipe in his hand lounging on a rock is a permanent fixture of Merrion Square. Nearby visitors can chuckle at some of his more famous quotes including, ‘A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it’, ‘Experience is the name we give to our mistakes’ and ‘There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.’

The Irish poet and dramatist is being brought back to theater with a limited engagement at the Gaiety Theatre. Tomorrow night I have tickets to see Stockard Channing in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ – one of my favorite Oscar Wilde plays that I’ve only read, but never seen. During your visit to Dublin check with the local theaters to see if there is an Oscar Wilde play on anywhere – and be sure to stop into Merrion Square to see the statue for yourself.

Address: Oscar Wilde Statue, Merrion Square, Dublin 2. (map)

Photo Credit: Jessica Colley

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