Irish Writers Storymap

Ireland is home to quite a few of the most iconic and recognized authors, poets, writers and wordsmiths in literary history, with this island boasting multiple Booker Prize winners and Nobel laureates of literature. These legendary literary minds have come from all corners of Ireland, which has a reputation for literary greats.

Ireland has produced four Nobel laureates of literature (Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats) and four winners of the Booker Prize (Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle, John Banville and Ann Enright) – quite an impressive ratio given its relatively sparse population in comparison to other Western world countries. It has also provided a source of lasting lord of the ringsinspiration from writers of far-flung extractions; ‘Lord of the Rings’ author J. R. R. Tolkien was enlightened by the scenery of the Burren in County Clare to create the famous character Gollum. This Storymap by The Dunloe Hotel ( is designed to take you on a journey throughout Ireland to explore the places which produced these world-famous writers and which inspired them to create the ingenious works of art which, to this day, continue to be adored by millions of readers worldwide. From Benbulben in Sligo to the Blasket Islands off the Kerry coast, from the streets of Dublin city to the evocative memories of vintage Derry, it gives an insight into the breadth of Ireland’s literacy greatness.Have some fun now and explore the map

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