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Happy Birthday, Dublin Review!

9 September 2010

By Christina Morin

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of The Dublin Review, a self-described ‘quarterly magazine of essays, criticism, fiction and reportage’. Established in 2000 by Brendan Barrington, a New Yorker born to Irish parents, the magazine was intended to fill the gap Barrington perceived in the Irish literary marketplace when he first moved to Ireland in the 1990s. As reported in The Sunday Business Post in July 2002, Barrington said, ‘There was nothing that seemed to answer my idea of what a general Irish literary magazine should be, which is to say a combination of critical writing, creative writing and non-specialist, non-academic writing – magazines to which the same international writers contribute regularly’.

The magazine’s first issue appeared in 2001, with much assistance, financial and otherwise, from the Arts Council, and featured a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the Irish literary world; Terry Eagleton, Anne Enright, Medbh McGuckian, and Colm Tóibín all contributed. The second issue, appearing in Spring 2001, similarly boasted a strong line-up, with Terence Brown, Roy Foster, Seamus Heaney, Declan Kiberd, and Colm Tóibín, amongst others, supplying a fascinating collection of essays, poetry, and fiction. Subsequent issues have built on these auspicious beginnings, featuring pieces by prominent Irish writers, critics, and academics, as well as by newer, less-established voices in the Irish literary scene. Read more