While in Dublin grab a coffee and go for a morning stroll through Merrion Square exploring the iconic Georgian doors that have captured so many hearts. The Merrion Square townhomes were built in the 1700’s. At that time all the doors were painted the same neutral color. The story goes that the famous writer George Moore lived next to another famous writer, Oliver St John Gogarty. Both were a bit eccentric and it’s said that Moore painted his door green so that the drunken Gogarty would not come knocking on it, thinking it to be his own door. Gogarty then painted his door red so that the drunken Moore would not come knocking on his door. And so it began… gotta love Dublin!


Dublin Doors


The famous Dublin Doors poster originated in 1970.The Irish Tourism Offices on Fifth Avenue in NYC posted a colorful collage of Dublin doors around St. Patrick’s Day. People on their way to watch the parade were stopped in their tracks by what they saw, many of them went inside to find out where they could get a copy. There were so many requests that a poster was commissioned; the poster has since become an icon of Ireland. After spending a morning wandering around Merrion Square I completely understand why that poster caught people’s attention!




Oscar Wilde’s home is located at 1 Merrion Square. Snap a picture and walk across the street to Merrion Park. Do not miss the sculpture of Wilde lounging on a rock gazing across the street at his childhood home. Is he relaxed and reminiscing about his childhood… or has he had a bit too much to drink and hoping someone will come assist him? Making up stories of the goings on behind these doors is part of the fun! Merrion Square is not far from Trinity College and an easy stop along the way.





While in Dublin grab a coffee and go for a morning stroll through Merrion Square exploring the iconic Georgian doors that have captured so many hearts.

12 comments on “The Doors of Dublin
  1. Danik says:

    Its quite funny to me (as I been to Dublin four times), the top attractions is getting drunk (or anything drink related) or walking around in the rain and looking for colourful doors. This sure does bring back some memories. Great post 😀

  2. I love Dublin, but had no idea about this Dublin doors poster. Its the viral of the old days. cool.

  3. loisaltermark says:

    This brings back so many great memories of Dublin. I took so many photos of those doors when we were there – I love them!

  4. titi81 says:

    I had no idea the Dublin doors existed or that they were so famous. I am glad to know since I love beautiful doors, I have taken tons of pictures from doors in Greece and Italy. The best thing is that I am visiting Dublin in September!!

  5. Penny Sadler says:

    I did not know Oscar Wilde is from Dublin. Cool! I would love to explore this ciyt.

  6. Bob Ramsak says:

    Not sure if I’m familiar with the poster you’re referring to. Can you link to an image of it?

  7. I love seeing doors whether its colorful or have beautiful design. It’s really cool to know that Dublin has a lot of beautiful doors as well. It’s funny and interesting to learn where the idea originate from.

  8. Annie says:

    I really like the sculpture of Oscar Wilde on the rock. He looks super chill haha.. or maybe drunk? 😉

  9. Jeremy says:

    I’ve never heard of this before! I love how colorful they are.

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