Café & Gardens

Café & Gardens

MoLI’s opening in September 2019 will see the unveiling of our newly landscaped gardens and The Commons, the museum café run by Domini and Peaches Kemp. 

Set in the original student dining halls in the basement of Newman House, The Commons team are busy restoring the space to become an all-day Irish kitchen and dining room which opens out onto the garden terrace. A hidden south-facing oasis in the heart of the city centre to enjoy breakfast or lunch in the kitchen or garden room and with a focus on seasonal Irish food and a nod to traditional dishes, The Commons will be open to visitors and the public and soon open for dinner and special events. 

James Joyce (second from left) graduating at UCD Newman House, 1902.
Reproduced from the original negative in UCD Special Collections by kind permission of Professor Helen Solterer

The gardens contain two protected trees, most notably the ash tree that James Joyce had his graduation photograph taken against. We hope that the gardens will continue to be a place of reading, learning, and gentle enjoyment of nature. 

Our gardens also connect to the Iveagh Gardens, sometimes called Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’, another wonderful place to relax in the city whilst being only a few minutes walk from Grafton Street. MoLI is not just a museum, it is an incredible green space in the heart of the city.  

We will have further exciting announcements relating to our café and gardens in the coming months. If you’d like to find out more, why not subscribe to our newsletter below.

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