On this day…8 October

On 8 October 1904 Joyce eloped with Nora Barnacle.   A couple of days after he left the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Joyce heard from Evelyn Gilford of the Midland Scholastic Agency in England that there was a teaching post available at a Berlitz School on the continent. Joyce paid £2 2s to Gilford who, […]

On this day…10 May

On 10 May 1899 a letter of protest against WB Yeats’ The Countess Cathleen was published. The letter followed the first performance of The Countess Cathleen on 8 May, a performance which Joyce attended. Some of Joyce’s university friends decided to write a letter of protest against the play and the letter was left on […]

On this day…26 April

On 26 April 1916 Francis Sheehy Skeffington was shot. During the Easter Rising in April 1916, Francis Sheehy Skeffington was shot by a British Army officer who was later declared insane. Sheehy Skeffington and Joyce were close friends at university and Joyce’s first published work was a joint publication with Sheehy Skeffington. Born in Cavan […]

On this day…6 November

On 6 November 1906 Joyce wrote to his brother Stanislaus from Rome. While living in Rome in 1906 and 1907, Joyce wrote frequently to his brother Stanislaus back in Trieste. The letters updated Stanislaus on Joyce’s reading and writing, on his personal and family affairs, and on topics of the day. The letter to Stanislaus […]

On this day…4 August

On 4 August 1909 Joyce wrote about how he had been received at the start of his visit to Dublin. Joyce arrived back in Dublin on 29 July 1909, bringing his four-year-old son Giorgio with him. It was his first visit to Dublin since leaving in October 1904, and Joyce was anxious that his old […]