Dublin Celebrations of Bram Stoker's Centenary Year
Abraham 'Bram' Stoker (8 November 1847 - 20 April 1912) was an Irish writer of novels and short stories, who is best known for this 1897 horror novel 'Dracula'. He was a graduate of Trinity College and worked as a Civil Servant in Dublin Castle. He was also an artist and founder member of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club. During his lifetime, he was better known for being the personal assistant of the actor Henry Irving and the business manager of the West End's Lyceum Theatre which Irving owned.
The Bram Stoker Centenary celebrations began on Easter Monday evening, with the Raheny Heritage Society and the Clontarf Historical Society, in conjunction with the Keegan Family, hosting a ‘Grand Soiree’ at 15 Marino Crescent, the birthplace of Bram Stoker. To mark the centenary, his great grand nephew, Dacre Stoker travelled to Ireland from the USA this week to attend a number of events including the 'Grand Soiree'. [Pictured L-R:Douglas Appleyard, Kay Lonergan, Joe Lonergan, Dacre Stoker, Collette Gill, Brian Wray, Madeleine Bradley, Paddy ‘Dracula’ Finlay. Photo Eoin Gill.]
Dacre spoke on Monday night about his forthcoming book, ‘Bram’s Lost Dublin Journal’, which is based on writings by Bram while he lived in Dublin.
There are events around the world to celebrate this centenary and it is appropriate that there are numerous events planned for Dublin. This week The Irish Writer’s Centre was presented with a new portrait of Bram by Clontarf artist Aidan Hickey, and An Post will also be issuing two new stamps by artist David Rooney on the 19th April.
Clontarf, with its close ties to Bram Stoker, will be hosting a number of local events. Clontarf Historical Society will be holding a talk by Dennis McIntyre on Monday 16th April, and a guided walk on 12th May and details of these events can be found on our website at the links below.
The Viking Theatre will be staging a production by Magic Carpet Theatre company of 'Unholy Trinity', a play commemorating the life of Bram Stoker.