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…22 August

On 22 August 1904 Joyce sang at a concert. On the afternoon of Monday 22 August 1904 Joyce sang two songs, ‘My love she was born in the North Countree’ and ‘The Coulin,’ at a concert. During 1904 Joyce tried to earn money by singing in concerts. When he moved to 60 Shelbourne Road in […]

On this day…17 August

On 17 August 1878 Oliver St John Gogarty was born. Gogarty and Joyce met in 1902, and lived together at the Martello Tower in Sandycove briefly in 1904. Gogarty was the model for the character Buck Mulligan in Ulysses. Gogarty was born at 5 Rutland (now Parnell) Square, the eldest of four children of Henry […]

On this day…14 August

On 14 August 1904 Joyce got the proofs of ‘The Holy Office from the printer.’ Joyce wrote his satirical poem ‘The Holy Office’ at the beginning of August 1904.  He submitted it to his friend Constantine Curran for publication in St Stephen’s, the student magazine of University College Dublin. On 8 August Curran rejected the […]

On this day…12 August

On 12 August 1922 Arthur Griffith died. Born in 1872, Griffith was a nationalist politician and founder of the Sinn Féin movement. Joyce liked many of Griffith’s policies, and there are a number of references to Griffith in Ulysses. Returning to Dublin after a period in South Africa, Griffith founded the United Irishman newspaper in […]