Bram Stoker (Wolf) Mural – Friz
Stephen St Parking, Sligo
This mural is inspired by the book Dracula, written by the famous Irish author Bram Stoker. Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 and attended Trinity College where he earned a degree in Mathematics. He worked in the civil service for 10 years at Dublin Castle, and at the same time he was an unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail. It was during this time that Stoker met his idol, the actor Sir Henry Irving, and worked as Irving’s manager until the actors death 27 years later. Stoker published his first book in 1879, a legal handbook titled The Duties of Clerks of Petty sessions in Ireland. He later turned to fictional writing and in 1897 Stoker publish the famous Dracula.
The story ensues after a solicitor named Jonathan Hacker goes to stay at the castle of the nobleman Count Dracula, a vampire. The novel has since been made into several films, as well as TV shows and theatre productions. The reason that this mural depicts a wolf is because they are mentioned many times in Dracula. Not only is the vampire able to command wolves, but he even turns into one as well. Brahm Stoker is connected to Sligo through his mother, who was is from here. During his childhood Stoker was often entertained by his mother with stories from Sligo.