Wilde's childhood home was a stately Georgian structure located at 1 Merrion Square, close to St. Stephen's Green. It is open to the public to tour. The statue of Oscar Wilde is located in the northwest corner of the park across the street from Merrion Square. The statue's nickname, "The Fag on the Crag," is well known locally.
Persecuted for his flamboyant homosexuality and tweaking Victorian mores, Wilde was arrested for "gross indecency" relating to "the love that dare not speak its name." He was found guilty, sentenced to two years in jail, and imprisoned. After his release, he wrote the famous poem "The Ballad of Reading Gaol," based upon a hanging that he witnessed while incarcerated.
Find out more about Ireland's literary heritage by visiting the Dublin Writers' Museum.