Literary Plaques

Wilde, Lady Jane ‘Speranza’

This plaque commemorates Jane Wilde, poet, feminist, and nationalist. Born in 1821, Jane Wilde was a polyglot who translated works from German and French. Inspired by Thomas Davis and the Young Ireland movement, she became a nationalist and from 1846 contributed to their journal The Nation, writing under the pen names Speranza and John Fanshawe…

Kiely, Benedict – writer

On 26th September 2019, a plaque commemorating the writer Benedict Kiely was unveiled at his home at 119 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4. Locate this plaque on Google maps. Ben Kiely was born in Omagh, County Down, but lived for many years in Donnybrook. A writer of short stories and a novelist, he was also a…

Dowden, Edward – poet & critic

On Sunday, 29th November 2015, a Dublin City Council commemorative plaque honouring the Irish poet and literary critic Edward Dowden (1843-1913) was unveiled in Ballsbridge. The plaque is located at 50 Wellington Road, Dublin 4, where Dowden lived for several years, with Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha speaking on behalf of Dublin City Council’s Commemorative Naming…

Murdoch, Iris – philosopher & writer

This plaque honours philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, who was born on Blessington Street, Dublin, on 15 July 1919. Locate this plaque on Google maps. This plaque is located temporarily in the Blessington Basin and will be erected at 59 Blessingotn Street in due course. Read Iris Murdoch’s biography from the Dictionary of Irish Biography…