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10 - North Dublin

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 February 2023

Christopher Morash
Affiliation:
Trinity College Dublin
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Where the inner suburbs of south Dublin were Victorian, most of the development on the north side of the city has taken place in the twentieth century, so that historical layers – Georgian, Victorian, twentieth-century, and contemporary – sit adjacent to one another. Anne Enright’s Booker Prize-winning novel, The Gathering, makes use of this stratified cityscape, but it figures elsewhere, as well, including in recent crime fiction. As we move towards the old docklands in the north city, we find ourselves in a completely new cityscape, which is beginning to be explored by writers such as Paul Murray, while the older neighbourhoods nearby have been the territory of Conor McPherson’s plays; it was here, too, that Bram Stoker was born. However, the real challenge for contemporary Irish writing has been to invest the new largely working-class suburbs of north Dublin with the same kind of dense cultural associations as the historic city centre.The central figures here have been Paula Meehan, Dermot Bolger, and Roddy Doyle, whose fictional Barrytown is based on Kilbarrack where he grew up. Finally, at the limits of the city, we come to Howth, where Joyce’s Ulysses reaches its conclusion.

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Dublin
A Writer's City
, pp. 208 - 229
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • North Dublin
  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Dublin
  • Online publication: 16 February 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917810.011
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  • North Dublin
  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Dublin
  • Online publication: 16 February 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917810.011
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  • North Dublin
  • Christopher Morash, Trinity College Dublin
  • Book: Dublin
  • Online publication: 16 February 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108917810.011
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