The many addresses of James Joyce

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statueThe world as we knew it has changed rapidly over the past number of weeks as Ireland recorded its first cases of Covid-19. Staying home and self isolation made me think about various addresses I have lived at before, from digs to bedsits and flats. However, Joyce's addresses number far more. Seven St. Peter’s Terrace is the house where Joyce’s mother, May, died. Her death would haunt him for the rest of his life and justifably has the most historic significance.

The picture above was taken from Dublin City Libraries and Archive Digital Repository. Here you will find a variety of digital records relating to Dublin from different time periods, including photographs, postcards, letters, maps and ephemeral material. Highlights of the collection include the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection, Wide Street Commission Map Collection (1757-1851), the Irish Theatre Archive and the Birth of the Republic Collection, which comprises material from the period of the foundation of the Irish state.
cover Richard Ellman explored this in his biography of Joyce. John Joyce’s terrible finances kept his family moving.

coverWhere They Lived in Dublin by John Cowell covers the addresses of famous Dubliners.

house41 Brighton Square. The Joyce listing is incredible because of the length:

  • 1884-87     23 Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines
  • 1887-91     1 Martello Terrace, Bray
  • 1892-93     Leoville, 23 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock
  • 1893-94     14 Fitzgibbon Street and 29 Hardwicke Street
  • 1894           2 Millbourne Avenue, Drumcondra
  • 1895           17 North Richmond Street
  • 1896-99      29 Windsor Avenue, Fairview
  • 1899            7 Convent Avenue, Fairview
  • 1899-1900  15 Richmond Avenue, Fairview
  • 1900-01      8 Royal Terrace (now Inverness Terrace), Fairview
  • 1902            32 Glengariff Parade, North Circular Road
  • 1902-03      7 St. Peter’s Terrace (now St. Peter’s Road), Phibsboro
  • 1904            60 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge
  • 1904            35 Strand Road, Sandymount
  • 1904            103 Strand Road, Sandymount
  • 1904            Martello Tower, Sandycove
  • 1909            44 Fontenoy Street
  • 1912            17-21 Richmond Place, North Circular Road

tramHorse Cab Tour of Joyce's House


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