Dublin’s literary history is as rich as a pint of Guinness, with authors such as James Joyce, WB Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde, all calling Dublin home at some point in their career. Once you’re in Dublin, you can even take a tour of the city’s pubs through a literary viewpoint with the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl.

If you want to do your homework before heading off to the land of potatoes and beer, read some of Joyce’s works such as "The Dubliners" or "Ulysses" or if you really feel like torturing yourself, try plodding through "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" - a literary masterpiece that has haunted high schoolers and college students alike for years. James Joyce is something of a local icon, with statues of the author displayed around town. Other literary gems to peruse are Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and Jonathan Swift’s "Gulliver Travels."

Contemporary authors such as Maeve Binchy, whose novel "Circle of Friends" became a movie starring Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell in 1995, and Roddy Doyle are a couple of other writers who you should add to your reading list before getting on with your travels.

If you would like to take a light hearted look at Dublin and gain some serious advice at the same time read through Hidden Dublin

Diário de Bordo - O pulsar das minhas viagens (travel book in portuguese language, with several trips made by the author, one of them through Ireland)