On this day…16 May

On 16 May 1904 Joyce participated in the Feis Ceoil singing competition. The Feis Ceoil is an annual celebration of Irish musical talent with competitions in various categories including singing. In 1903, the Feis Ceoil tenor singing competition was won by John McCormack. The prize was a year-long scholarship to study in Italy. Shortly after […]

On this day…20 April

On 20 April 1904 Stanislaus Joyce recorded in his diary that Joyce was living at Shelbourne Road. Joyce moved into lodgings at 60 Shelbourne Road in April 1904, and remained there until the end of August. During that summer, Joyce taught at Clifton School, Dalkey; he met his future wife, Nora Barnacle; he won third […]

On this day…25 December

On 25 December 1940 Joyce spent his last Christmas in Zurich. The Joyces had finally arrived in Zurich on 17 January 1940 on the last leg of their journey from France. They spent Christmas Day with Carola Giedion-Welcker and her husband. As Christmas approached, Joyce bought his grandson Stephen a small artificial Christmas tree with […]

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 […]