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Iris Murdoch Centenary

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch, there will be a series of events in Dublin this summer. Dublin City Council will unveil a plaque in Blessington Street, where Iris Murdoch lived, An Post will issue a special stamp and there will be a Philosophy by Postcard campaign. There will also be an exhibition of Iris Murdoch’s books and letters in Phibsboro Library. 

On Wednesday 26th June, Niall McMonagle will discuss Iris Murdoch, her life, her work and his friendship with her. Actor Cathy Belton will read from selected Murdoch works.

Venue: The Castle Hotel, Great Denmark St, Dublin 1. Time: 7.30pm

Admission is free. All are welcome. No booking required.

Phibsboro Library Exhibition

First editions of Iris Murdoch’s books along with correspondence and newspaper articles curated by Niall MacMonagle during the month of July. Free admission. No booking.

Opening Hours:
Monday and Wednesday 12.45pm-4pm. and 4.45pm -8pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Screening of Iris at IFI, Eustace St, Temple Bar.

Monday 15th July, 6.30pm

Musician and Iris Murdoch fan Finghin Collins will introduce the screening of the 2001 biographical drama, that tells the story of Irish-born novelist Dame Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. Starring Judi Dench and Kate Winslet. Tickets from the booking office or at

Philosophy By Postcard

To celebrate the centenary of Murdoch  An Post are issuing a beautiful commemorative stamp on 15th July 2019.
Join An Post and In Parenthesis to celebrate Murdoch’s philosophy, literature, and love of letter-writing by participating in an international #SlowPhilosophy exchange: #PhilosophybyPostcard

Between July and September 2019 you are invited to send a postcard to Iris Murdoch at Blessington Street, Dublin. The postal address will be released on 15th July 2019. 100 postcards received will be selected and sent on to 100 waiting philosophers from around the globe. You will receive a reply to your postcard from a philosopher, written on a specially commissioned artist-designed postcard complete with a commemorative Murdoch stamp. Philosophy by Postcard was inspired by the postcard exchange between Elizabeth Anscombe and Sir Anthony Kenny, held in the Collegium Institute archive at University of Philidelphia.

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