The many addresses of James Joyce
Published on 2nd February 2022
The world as we know it has changed rapidly since Ireland recorded its first cases of Covid-19. The pandemic 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 justifiably 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.
Richard Ellman explored this in his biography of Joyce. John Joyce’s terrible finances kept his family moving.
Where They Lived in Dublin by John Cowell covers the addresses of famous Dubliners.
41 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