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!
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.