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The Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square Park (above) is visible from a balcony at Number One, the playwright’s childhood home

On Friday, September 4

Number One Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

The childhood home of Oscar Wilde opens to the public for tours and events.

Currently housing The American College Dublin, Oscar lived at Number One with his parents, Lady Jane Wilde (the Irish nationalist poet Speranza) and surgeon Sir William Wilde until his graduation from Trinity College in 1874.

Oscar Wilde House spokesman James O’Connell said:

“We are delighted to offer tours of the building to the public again. We know people will be absolutely fascinated by the story of the extraordinary Wilde family….

“…The house itself is in amazing condition and the 250-year-old Irish oak floorboards in all the rooms and the staircases are just as they were. Visitors will be literally walking in the footsteps of the Wilde family.”

Tours are limited to 20 people.

Book here.

Oscar Wilde House

This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Supporters and activists of Extinction Rebellion commence their week of ‘non-violent direct actions with a Climate Walk led by a large pink sailing boat (top).

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews


This morning.

At Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Tents thought to belong to supporters of Extinction Rebellion are being set up.

The group is planning to hold a lunchtime rally outside Leinster House for the beginning of a week-long series of events for Rebellion Week.

Green News reports:

Irish action will commence at 1pm this afternoon at the entrance of Dail Eireann.

From here, the activists will walk in procession led by a large pink sailing boat to a nearby, as yet unnamed, location where the mast of the boat will be launched and a flag with the Extinction Rebellion logo raised.

Speeches will then start around 1.30pm and environmental activist and Chelsea Garden Show winning designer Mary Reynolds will then lead a symbolic planting of seeds of native trees.

The group is remaining coy on further actions to take place across the remainder of the week, only stating that they will employ family-friendly non-violent civil disobedience to “bring society to a standstill” and force the Government to respond to the climate emergency.

150 academics outline support for Extinction Rebellion (Green News)

London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action starts (The Irish Times)


In yesterday’s Sunday Times, John Mooney reported:

A special unit of gardai is monitoring social media to try to ascertain where the group’s protests of “civil disobedience” may take place and how many campaigners will be involved.

Security sources say there is no evidence to suggest Extinction Rebellion is being influenced by extremists.

The protesters, who come from various backgrounds, are considered by gardai to be people genuinely concerned about global warming.

….Gardai do not believe they will be able to hold large numbers of protesters if forced to make arrests.

The force is not capable of detaining more than a few hundred people, even if all stations in Dublin and the surrounding suburbs are used to capacity.

Dublin gardai prepare for extinction of traffic flow (The Sunday Times)

Top pic: Tim Forde


Niall Colbert, of Today FM, tweetz:

Climate change activists beginning to gather outside the Dail ahead of Extinction Rebellion protests in Dublin this lunchtime.


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At Dublin Maker in Merrion Square, Dublin 2, in 2016

Want something ‘inventive’ to do?

Jeffrey Roe writes:

Some of your readers might be interested in Dublin Maker taking place on Saturday from 10am till 6pm in Merrion Square.[Dublin 2]

It’s a free to attend, community-run event, that takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers showcase their creations in a carnival atmosphere… a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.


Dublin Maker

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This afternoon.

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Killian Raynor writes:

It looks like the Church of Scientology are opening their “National Affairs Office” at no.4, Merrion Square. Masses of furniture have been moved into it for the past few months.

Passed by it earlier, and was told not to look in the doorway by the guys outside – even though the Scientology logo is very clearly displayed on the inside of the reception area.

Better meet the neighbours so.