Literary Dublin

For over 70 years, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has been dedicated to those who appreciate and enjoy ‘The InterContinental Life,’ the glamour and exhilaration of fascinating places and fresh perspectives. Ireland is home to some of the most iconic writers in the English language and Dublin retains its prestigious reputation as one of the literary capitals of Europe. The area of Ballsbridge which the five-star InterContinental Dublin hotel is situated in, was once home to many Irish Writers with iconic landmarks still existing. Bloomsday celebrates the day depicted in James Joyce's novel, Ulysses, and is named for the central character, Leopold Bloom. Thursday, 16 June, 1904 was significant to Joyce as it was when he began courting Nora Barnacle, the woman who would become his wife. Joyce was renting a room at the time in a house at 60 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge. In the 1940s and 50s, the writer Brendan Behan lived in Ballsbridge, as did the poet Patrick Kavanagh (notably at 63 Pembroke Road); their busts are on display in pubs along Pembroke Road: Searson's and the Wellington. Kavanagh wrote his famous song On Raglan Road about a girl he met on that street in 1944.

InterContinental Dublin are embracing the literary history in Ballsbridge and Dublin. our top three Suites are named after a very well-known Irish Writer, Poet and Dramatist. The three suites, The James Joyce, The William Butler Yeats and The Lady Gregory have been lavishly refurbished with the finest silks, carpets and soft furnishings in muted, peaceful tones.

James Joyce

James Joyce, born in Dublin on February 1882, left an admirable legacy as an Irish novelist, short story writer and poet. During the year of 1904, Joyce moved into lodgings at 60 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge where he lived there for a short period of time. After this short stay, Joyce then moved to  Dromard Avenue in Sandymount where he shared his first date with the love of his life and his wife, Nora Barnacle as they walked along Sandymount strand. In addition, Joyce famously stayed there on the night of Bloomsday June 1904 which encompasses Joyce’s most famous work, Ulysses. It was during Joyce’s final week in Ireland where he spent this time in the Martello Tower at Sandycove, now known as the James Joyce Tower and Museum here in Dublin 4. Here Joyce began writing his masterpiece Ulysses, which today has been described as “one of the most influential, inspiring, intriguing and infamous novels in literary history”. It was here in Dublin 4, that marked the end of James Joyce’s time as a resident of Ireland but what marked the beginning of Joyce as one of Irelands most celebrated and influential writers.

Lady Gregory

Once described as “the greatest living Irishwoman” by George Bernard Shaw, Lady Augusta Gregory was an iconic woman who played an important part in reviving interest in Irish literature. Lady Gregory co-founded the Abbey Theatre alongside lifelong friend and Nobel Prize Winner, W.B Yeats. Besides being the co-founder of Ireland’s National Theatre, Lady Gregory was a well-known Irish dramatist and folklorist who produced numerous books of retellings of stories taken from Irish Mythology.

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (W.B Yeats) was an Irish poet and one of the most iconic figures of 20th-century literature. Yeats was born in 1865 at 5 Sandymount Avenue/George’s Ville, only a three minute walk from the hotel where you can still view the house he was born in today. He was the first Irish man to be awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923 and he partnered with his long-time friend, Lady Gregory to cofound the Irish National Theatre, known today as the Abbey Theatre. During the first decade of the 20th century W.B Yeats was extremely active in the management of the Abbey Theatre company between choosing plays, hiring actors and arranging tours for the company.
During this time he also wrote ten plays and due to the style of dialogue required for the stage, they became an important consideration in his poems as well. William Butler Yeats is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.

Museum of Literature

MoLI – a museum of literature for the world’s greatest storytellers.Discover Ireland’s rich literary heritage from past to present here in the historic UCD Newman House on St Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin.

Experience immersive exhibitions, view treasures from the National Library of Ireland, or relax amid the birdsong in our tranquil gardens and café. A short drive or a pleasant stroll enjoying the Georgian architecture that Dublin showcases will enamour you on the way to visit MoLI

If you are looking to explore the historic literary culture that is still very prominent in Ballsbridge and Dublin today, our Concierge would be delighted to assist you with some insider recommendations. Please email our concierge at