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Charles Dickens's farewell readings in 1869 in Dublin, in the Rotunda Rooms on Parnell Square, were met with unparalleled enthusiasm. He wrote of the experience:

All the way from the hotel to the Rotunda I had to contend against the stream of people who were turned away. When I got there, they had broken the glass in the pay-box, and were offering £5 freely for a stall.

© Charles Dickens Museum

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