James Joyce Centre, Dublin City
The James Joyce Centre is dedicated to promoting an understanding of the life and works of James Joyce. In doing so, the Centre strives to be an integral contributor to the network of institutions which celebrate Ireland’s rich cultural heritage. The James Joyce Centre provides the casual visitor, student and scholar alike with a rewarding and memorable experience.
The Centre's home is a restored 18th Century Georgian townhouse in the north inner city of Dublin, the city of Joyce's birth and the setting for all his works. From this central location in Joyce's heartland the Centre aims - through a programme of exhibition, education, outreach and activities - to foster an appreciation of this most remarkable and significant literary figure of the 20th century.
No. 35 North Great George’s Street was built in 1784 for Valentine Brown, the Earl of Kenmare, and is decorated with fine plasterwork by Michael Stapleton. The house was restored in the 1980s and opened as the James Joyce Centre in 1996, run by members of Joyce’s sister’s family.
The Kenmare Room
This room is used for lectures and functions and has a small display of reproductions of Joyce family portraits. In addition this room contains a series of panels providing details of Joyce’s life and times, a reading table where visitors can sit and read works by and about Joyce, and a display of some of the many translations of Joyce’s work.
The Centre's permanent and temporary exhibitions interpret and illuminate various aspects of Joyce's life and work. The Joyce Centre is the new home to highlights from the National Library’s 2004-2006 landmark James Joyce & Ulysses exhibition. Through interactive installations and three films, you may delve into the novel, its historical backdrop, its publishing controversies and learn more about Joyce's life. The Centre also hosts International Joyce, an exhibition originally organised by the Cultural Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland. This panel-based exhibition provides a wonderful introduction to the life and works of James Joyce as well as his legacy. Highlights of our permanent displays include furniture from the apartment of Paul Léon, Joyce’s friend and advisor, and the original front-door to No. 7 Eccles Street, Leopold Bloom’s home in Ulysses, and Joyce's death mask.
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