On this day…27 August

On 27 August 1904 Joyce sang on stage with John McCormack. The concert took place on the Saturday evening at the end of Horse Show week, and Joyce shared the stage with John McCormack, JC Doyle, Máire nic Shiubhlaigh and others. John McCormack had arrived back in Ireland earlier in 1904 after a year’s study […]

On this day…26 August

On 26 August 1909 Joyce travelled to Galway with his son Giorgio. Joyce had promised Nora that he would take Giorgio to Galway to meet her relatives there. They travelled by train and spent Thursday 26 and Friday 27 in Galway where Joyce visited places he had heard about from Nora. Joyce had used a […]

On this day…25 August

On 25 August 1909 Joyce attended the premiere of The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. George Bernard Shaw’s play The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet had been banned in England by the Lord Chamberlain. But the Lord Chamberlain’s remit did not extend to Dublin theatres, and the Abbey Theatre agreed to stage the play. The Lord Lieutenant […]

On this day…24 August

On 24 August 1926 Joyce received a typescript of the German translation of Ulysses. The German translator, Georg Goyert, sent the typescript of his translation to Joyce and then arrived in Ostend, where Joyce was on holidays, to work with him on the translation. Goyert had been chosen in a competition to find a translator […]

On this day…23 August

On 23 August 1917 an iridectomy was performed on Joyce’s right eye. Joyce had suffered a number of eye problems during 1917, including severe attacks of glaucoma and iritis. After an attack of glaucoma on 18 August, his doctor decided that an operation on his right eye was necessary. An iridectomy involves the surgical removal […]