Mulligan’s – a link from drink to ink?


Representation of Joyce at Mulligan’s. Illustration (adapted) by Dave Gleeson

mw08181James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in history. He frequented Mulligan’s before leaving Ireland and used the pub for a scene in Counterparts, one of a collection of short stories in Dubliners (1914).



Keneally, enjoying a pint in Mulligan’s in 1992. Image (adapted) from original Irish Press photograph (below)

Thomas Keneally (born 1935) is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction.

Keneally chose Mulligan’s to launch his book Now and in time to be: Ireland and the Irish (1992).

Keneally is best known for writing Schindler’s Ark the Booker Prize-winning novel of 1982.


The book would later be adapted for film, Schindler’s List, directed by Steven Spielberg. It won the Academy Award for Best Picture.


64206_186571788195831_893838809_nColum McCann (born 1965) has had his novels translated into 35 languages.

He received advice on writing from the author and journalist, Con Houlihan, in Mulligan’s.

McCann’s novels include Songdogs, This side of Brightness, Dance, Zoli, Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic.



Frank McCourt (1930 -2009) won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Angela’s Ashes.

A year before his death, McCourt made a documentary for PBS in the United States called Historic pubs of Dublin in which Mulligan’s was featured.


Screen shot 2015-04-15 at 23.02.21Flann O’Brien (1911-1966) was an Irish novelist, playwright and satirist.

He drank in Mulligan’s and wrote about the pub in the Irish Times. O’Brien is considered a major figure in twentieth century Irish literature.

His English language novels included At Swim Two Birds and The Third Policemen.

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