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20th April - Bram Stoker

#OnThisDay, 20th April 1912, Bram Stoker died.

Bram Stoker is best known as the creator of one of the world’s best known fictional characters in his 1897 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.  In Dublin, he met the most famous actor of the day, Henry Irving and subsequently moved to London becoming Irving’s manager for 30 years. He was acquainted with many of the great figures of the era and also wrote several other fictional and non-fictional books and short stories.

To mark the centenary of his death in 2012, Raheny Heritage Society organised a number of events.  One was to host a ‘Grand Soiree’ in the birthplace of Bram Stoker, 15 Marino Crescent.  This was jointly with the Clontarf Historical Society and in conjunction with the Keegan Family (the then owners).

Also as part of the Bram Stoker Centenary Events, the Raheny Heritage Society hosted a "Centenary Reception" in The Crypt, Christ Church Cathedral. The Lord Mayor was in attendance and presented Certificates of Irish Heritage to members of the Stoker Family who have travelled from the USA and UK.

Look at our photo gallery to see some photos of the events.