On this day…10 July

On 10 July 1904 Matthew F Kane drowned in Dublin Bay. Kane was a friend of John Joyce, and was the model for a couple of characters in Joyce’s Ulysses. His funeral to Glasnevin Cemetery on 13 July 1904 provided the basic material for the ‘Hades’ episode. For many years Kane had been Chief Clerk […]

On this day…13 June

On 13 June 1904 Paddy Dignam died suddenly. Dignam, who had worked for Menton, the solicitor, died suddenly on Monday 13 June 1904 at his home at 9 Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount. According to the report of Dignam’s funeral in the Evening Telegraph of 16 June 1904, “The deceased gentleman was a most popular and genial […]

On this day…12 May

On 12 May 1904 Leopold Bloom weighed himself. In the ‘Ithaca’ episode of Ulysses, we are told that Leopold Bloom weighed himself on a weighing machine outside Francis Frœdman’s Chemist shop at 19 North Frederick Street on 12 May 1904. He weighed eleven stone and four pounds. In the pedantic answer to the question “Did […]

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…29 December

On 29 December 1931 John Stanislaus Joyce died. John Stanislaus Joyce, who hadn’t seen his son for almost twenty years, died in hospital on the evening of Tuesday 29 December 1931. Joyce did not travel from Paris to visit his dying father or to attend his funeral. John Joyce had been lodging with Albert Medcalf […]