Name the Quays for 'Our Irish Writers'

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), May 15, 2006 | Go to article overview

Name the Quays for 'Our Irish Writers'


DUBLIN'S quays should be named after famous Irish writers instead of English kings and queens, it was claimed yesterday.

Speaking on the inaugural DubsDay, Fine Gael MEP Gay Mitchell said the capital should do more to celebrate its unique literary tradition.

Dublin Tourism and Dublin City Council joined forces to open up tourist and cultural venues and tours to encourage Dubliners to explore their own city.

During DubsDay, urban dwellers can choose from over 25 museums, galleries, parks, period mansions and castles as well as an open-top bus tour.

Mr Mitchell believes that Georges Quay or Victoria Quay named after English royals should instead be renamed Joyce Quay or Behan Quay in honour of Irish writers.

He said: "Since Elizabethan England there has not been a greater cradle of English literature than Dublin. Dublin is to literature what Vienna is to music.

"Three Nobel literature prize winners, Yeats, Beckett and Shaw were born in Dublin. Joyce, O'Casey, Swift, Wilde, Behan and many others right up to the current day mark Dublin out as a special place.

"It is time to consider how to renew our pride in this aspect of Dublin's tradition. …

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