On this day…25 September

On 25 September 1896 Joyce was appointed prefect of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Belvedere College. The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary was an association of students who were dedicated to showing special honour to the Virgin Mary. The sodality was overseen by a director, one of the Jesuit priests at […]

On this day…13 May

On 13 May 1910 Father John Conmee died. Father John Conmee SJ (1847-1910) had been rector at Clongowes Wood College when Joyce was enrolled as a student there in 1888. Conmee was also instrumental in getting Joyce and his brothers into Belvedere College in 1893. He appears as a character under his own name in […]

On this day…3 May

On 3 May 1902 George Joyce died. The youngest boy in the family, George was born on his father’s birthday, 4 July 1887. According to Richard Ellmann, he showed signs of his elder brother’s wit and intelligence, and he was popular not only at home but also at Belvedere College where he went to school. […]

On this day…6 April

On 6 April 1893 Joyce started school at Belvedere College. Joyce had started his formal education with the Jesuits at Clongowes Wood College in September 1888. However, with the decline in his father’s fortunes, Joyce was taken out of Clongowes in 1891. He spent a period at the O’Connell Christian Brothers’ School on North Richmond […]