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How well do you know your Irish literature?

The Museum of Irish Literature is set to open at Stephen’s Green later this month.

LATER THIS MONTH, a new museum dedicated to Irish literature will open on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre. 

The Museum of Irish Literature – or MoLI – is a partnership between University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland and aims to highlight the country’s rich literary heritage. 

As the museum readies itself to open, let’s test your knowledge of Irish literature. 

"riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs." These opening lines are from which work of Irish literature?
Pygmalion by G.B. Shaw
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Peig by Peig Sayers
Mid-term Break by Seamus Heaney
Which Irish poet helped establish the Abbey Theatre alongside Lady Gregory in 1904?
Sean O'Casey
Derek Mahon

Patrick Kavanagh
W. B. Yeats
The Pogues song Fairytale of New York took its title from a novel by which Irish-American novelist?
J.P. Donleavy
Brendan Behan

Colum McCann
Kevin Barry
In which year was Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls first published?

Complete this line from Seamus Heaney's poem 'Digging' - "Between my finger and my thumb...
...the cold smell of potato mould."
...the squat pen rests." roots awaken."
...a pinch of snuff."
By the Bog of Cats is a play by which Irish dramatist?
Brian Friel
John B. Keane

Samuel Beckett
Marina Carr
Which of these Irish authors did not win a Nobel Prize for Literature?
George Bernard Shaw
William Butler Yeats

Samuel Beckett
Oscar Wilde
Vladimir and Estragon are central characters in which play?
Juno and the Paycock
The Field

Waiting for Godot
Dancing at Lughnasa
Raglan Road by Patrick Kavanagh was first published in 1946 under which alternate title?
'At the Dawning of the Day'
'When the Angel woos'

'Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away'
'Cathy, Come Home'
Which Irish author won the Man Booker Prize for The Gathering in 2007?
Anne Enright
John Banville

Sinéad Gleeson
Colm Toibín
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