A Peek at the Colorful Doors of Dublin

Colorful doors near Merrion Square in Dublin

What is Dublin’s most interesting feature? Trinity College? Nope. The Book of Kells? Nope. The Guinness or Jameson Factory? Nope and nope.

Near the end of my day of sightseeing in Dublin I happened to come across what I think is the city’s most curious feature, the colorful doors near Merrion Square.

These bright doors accentuate old Georgian townhouses, acting like colorful Easter eggs in a sea of brown and red brick. 

Each door is unique. There are pumpkin orange doors, navy blue doors, blood red doors, Pepto-Bismol pink doors, sunshine yellow doors, and every single other color known to the human eye.

COLORFUL DOOR NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN
COLORFUL DOORS NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN
COLORFUL DOOR NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

- Milton Berle

COLORFUL DOORS NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN

Many of these distinctive doors have intricate adornments, like white archways flanked by Roman columns, and almost all of them feature individually designed windows above.

There are so many of these bright doors in Dublin, it would take days upon days to photograph each of them.  If I had had more time, I know I would have spent a whole day tracking them all down.

This got me thinking, what is it about a door that is so fascinating?

Behind every new door…

In many cultures and long throughout history, open doors have symbolized new beginnings and opportunities – “One door opens and another one closes”.

On the other side of the spectrum, closed doors can represent the end of a chapter.

COLORFUL DOOr NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN
COLORFUL DOOR NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN
COLORFUL DOOR NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.

- Alexander Graham Bell

COLORFUL DOORS NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN

I think what it really comes down to is that doors subconsciously inspire us to look beyond. Human nature makes us curious about what could be on the other side of the door.  

Take for example, the children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, who can’t help but to step through the back of the wardrobe leading them into the enchanted world of Narnia. Or the character Maximus, played by Russell Crowe in the film Gladiator, opening the farm gate and figuratively stepping through into the afterlife.

So will these lively Irish doors lead you into a magical world or the Roman afterlife? Probably not, but they’re still one of the most interesting things to see in Dublin!

Black DOOR NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.

- John Barrymore

COLORFUL DOOr NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN

Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.

- Pauline Kael

COLORFUL DOOR NEAR MERRION SQUARE IN DUBLIN