On this day…30 May

On 30 May 1910 Joyce’s uncle John Murray died. John Murray, known as ‘Red,’ was one of Joyce’s three maternal uncles. Though he was asthmatic, his death came as a shock to the family. On hearing the news, Joyce wrote to his aunt Lillie, John’s wife, to offer his condolences. John Murray had worked in […]

On this day…15 May

On 15 May 1859 Mary Jane Murray was born. Joyce’s mother, Mary Jane Murray, known as May, was born in the Eagle House tavern in Terenure on 15 May 1859. Her father, John Murray, came from Longford and was an agent for wine and spirits, while her mother came from a long line of Dublin […]

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…13 August

On 13 August 1903 May Joyce died. Four months after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver, May Joyce died on Thursday 13 August 1903. She was just forty-four years old. May Joyce had been incapacitated by her illness since the middle of April. She had made a small recovery after Joyce’s return from Paris […]