Sunday 18 November 2018

Dracula: New plaque unveiled at author Bram Stoker's home

Six-month-old Cuan Curran and mum Helen O’Brien meet Dracula (David Hurlihy) as a plaque and mural are unveiled to commemorate Bram Stoker in Buckingham Street in Dublin’s inner city. Photo: Justin MacInnes
Six-month-old Cuan Curran and mum Helen O’Brien meet Dracula (David Hurlihy) as a plaque and mural are unveiled to commemorate Bram Stoker in Buckingham Street in Dublin’s inner city. Photo: Justin MacInnes
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

The origins of 'Dracula' author Bram Stoker have been marked in Dublin's north inner city.

A plaque and mural to the writer now mark the spot in Buckingham Street where he lived - and is thought to have provided inspiration for his gruesome tale.

One such area is the nearby 'Suicide Plot' on Clonliffe Road, an unconsecrated burial location where people who took their own lives were buried with a stake driven through their hearts.

Local folklore also tells of people being buried alive to stop the spread of disease during the 1834 cholera epidemic. And during his time, there was a campaign to close down an abattoir which emitted rivers of blood down the street.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, unveiled the plaque at the opening event of The Big Scream Halloween Community Festival which includes talks, films and theatre. A torchlit Gothic walking tour will tracing the route of Stoker's local influences.

The highlight for 'Dracula' fans will be a chance to enter the Bram Stoker house.

Irish Independent

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