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Museum will put Flann collection on view

The award-winning Little Museum of Dublin has bought a major collection of artefacts belonging to novelist Brian O'Nolan, better known by his pen name Flann O'Brien.

Included are the author's chair, his iconic hat, his briefcase, a collection of original photos and more than 100 rare international editions of his books in pristine condition.

To buy the collection, the Little Museum spent nearly €5,000 at a recent auction.

"Securing this collection is a real coup," said Simon O'Connor, curator of the Little Museum. "We look forward to celebrating this literary giant here in Dublin, his adopted home."

The Master's Chair is of particular interest to admirers of O'Brien (inset). The sturdy Victorian mahogany chair has the novelist's Belgrave Square address etched on the underside. It will go on view, along with the other items in the collection, when the museum reopens on Saturday, January 17.