A brief history of MoLI

“From the outset, MoLI inspired and elicited enthusiastic support and encouragement from across the literary spectrum, from donors, other institutions, designers and individuals, without which the MoLI team could not have brought the vision to life”.

Chairman – Museum of Literature Ireland

Conversations began in 2010 between the National Library of Ireland and UCD around a creative alliance between two unique assets - the NLI’s Joyce collections and UCD’s most significant historic property, Newman House.

A working group was established in 2012, and an exceptionally generous donation from Martin & Carmel Naughton propelled the idea to reality. Architects Scott Tallon Walker and exhibition designers Ralph Applebaum Associates were engaged to transform Newman House’s Aula Maxima building into a 10,000ft2 exhibition space, while creating universal access across all the buildings of the historic site where UCD itself was founded.

Further generous funding and strategic advice from Fáilte Ireland brought the project to construction stage — builders arrived on site in October 2017, and the Museum of Literature Ireland is expected to open in Spring 2019.


“The MoLI’s unique, welcoming exhibition space will celebrate the dynamism and diversity of Irish writing, past and present, and in the coming times.”

Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD