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Inspiring Lives – stories of courage and determination 20th September

As part of the Great Writing Great Places series, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature has great pleasure in bringing writers into unusual venues but venues connected with their writing.

Inspiring Lives, is the second in the series, and takes place at the Deanery House of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 40 Upr. Kevin Street, Dublin 8, on Wednesday 21st September at 6pm.

Hear amazing stories of courage, endeavour and reform in the home of Johnathan Swift with Brian Keenan, Dave Kenny and John Lonergan (former Governor of Mountjoy Prison).

Admission is free but book essential as places are limited. A full listing of the series,which is in partnership with, including booking information is available at


Notes to the Editor:

Titles in the series:

  • Next stop New York - stories of emigration and loss aboard the Jeanie Johnston famine ship with Marita Conlon-McKenna, Martina Devlin and Kate Kerrigan. Monday 12th September at 6pm. Admission is free though booking is essential.
  • Inspiring Lives - In the unique surroundings of the Deanery of St Patrick's Cathedral (home of Jonathan Swift) authors Brian Keenan and John Lonergan talk about their unique stories with Dave Kenny on 21st September at 6pm. Admission is free though booking is essential.
  • Getting to the Heart of It - Hear tales of romance in Whitefriar Street Church, the resting place of St. Valentine, with Claire Allen, Colette Caddle and Michelle Jackson on 5th October at 6pm. Admission is free.
  • Dublin On a Plate - an evening for foodies in Fallon and Byrne as Hugo Arnold, Catherine Clery and Catherine Fulvio discuss the art of food writing. Enjoy food specially created for the evening. 18th October at 6pm Admission is €20. Booking is essential. To book Tel: 2222222.
  • A Tale of Terror in the Crypt - Eithne Massey's medieval tale is brought to life in the scary, spooky crypt in Christchurch Cathedral. Tuesday 1st November 2.30pm. Admission is Free. Suitable for children aged 10+
  • Matters of Grave Importance - Bringing to life the works of writers Brendan Behan, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Christy Brown who are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Museum at Glasnevin Cemetery. 2nd November at 7.30pm. Admission is free though booking is essential.
  • Scales of Justice - crime writers Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Niamh O'Connor and Stuart Neville in the atmospheric surrounds of the Four Courts.16th November at 6pm. Admission is free though booking essential.
  • So Much More Than Shopping Literary treats at the Lost Society in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre with Claudia Carroll, Sinead Moriarty and Sheila O'Flanagan. Special menu available. Saturday 19th November at 11am. Admission is free - does not include food.