It's a shame that this museum doesn't receive more funding, however that still wouldn't help it overcome its outdated curation and odd conservative slant. There are poster boards with encyclopedic biography for each featured writer, along with glass cabinets containing memorabilia. Most is old books--not first editions typically, and some are one or two hundred years younger than their authors, so aren't that exciting from a book collector's point of view--and some Ripley's-esque curios such as glasses once worn by so-and-so or somebody's tie.
It would have been much more valuable to get a critical interpretation of these authors' works and a curative approach to their place in the history of Irish writing--not just a chronological place, but a critical, influential, and inspirational place. It was hard to get a sense of where each author was coming from and what he or she was trying to achieve with his/her work (unless it was to glorify Ireland, then you heard about it). I guess the operative term would be IRISH writers museum, because it seemed more concerned with tying each author into the mother country and less concerned with giving you any kind of understanding of their work or appreciation for them as an artist.
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