Sunday 15 September 2019

Blood and honour

• It is somewhat ironic that the Stoker family have been "at loggerheads with Dublin City Council over the erection of a statue" to celebrate their famous ancestor in his home city (Irish Independent, April 11). Bram Stoker was at one stage a theatre critic for 'The Dublin Evening Mail', whose offices were on the corner of Parliament Street and Dame Street. . . just across the road from Dublin City Hall.

Another ironic co-incidence is that 'The Dublin Evening Mail' (which though closed in 1962 is still the longest-lasting evening newspaper in Ireland) was owned by one Sheridan Le Fanu, whose lesser-known novel 'Carmilla' (published in 1872), may have been an influence for Stoker's 1897 publication of 'Dracula'.

Perhaps Dublin City Council might relent and allow Dacre Stoker and his family (who have agreed to pay for the statue by the way) to reunite Bram Stoker with his old stomping ground. He would certainly enhance the nondescript plaza area that abuts City Hall, in a part of the city where both locals and tourists could appreciate this Grandfather of Gothic.

Mark Lawler and John Gallagher
Liberties Heritage Association, Carman's Hall, Dublin

Irish Independent

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