An open book: Inside the new Museum of Literature Ireland

An open book: Inside the new Museum of Literature Ireland View Gallery
Simon O’Connor, director of the new Museum of Literature Ireland Pic: Fergal Phillips

The new Museum of Literature Ireland on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin is determined to be accessible to everyone. Now it’s targeting the locals of Dublin city centre, its director Simon O’Connor tells Gillian Nelis

Circumstances have conspired to make my meeting with Simon O’Connor a short one, with the result that we are fairly whizzing round the Museum of Literature in Newman House on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin.

But no amount of time pressure is going to stop O’Connor, the museum’s director, pausing in the unexpectedly large and beautiful gardens at the back.

“Out the front, it’s a really grey and institutional part of...

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