On this day…23 July

On 23 July 1904 ‘The Sisters’ was accepted for publication by Irish Homestead. Harry Norman (1868-1947), editor of the Irish Homestead, wrote to Joyce on 23 July 1904 to say that Joyce’s story ‘The Sisters’ would be published in the Homestead, and enclosing a sovereign (£1) as payment. Norman’s letter seems to have come 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…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 […]