James Joyce Centre in Dublin 1

James Joyce Centre is located in Dublin 1 (county of Dublin )

Address: 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1

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Phone: 01 8788547
E-mail: info@jamesjoyce.ie

35 North Great George’s Street was built in 1784 for Valentine Brown, the Earl of Kenmare, who used it as his townhouse. The plasterwork here was done by Michael Stapleton, one of the finest stuccodores of the time. The house was given special mention by Constantine Curran, a close personal friend of Joyce’s, in his book Dublin Decorative Plasterwork of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The photographs Curran took for this book were essential to the restoration of the house. In the eighteenth century this area of Dublin was very fashionable but it fell into decline in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By 1982 twelve houses on North Great George’s Street had been demolished by the City Council including the house next door. Though Joyce never lived in this house, he has a connection with it through Prof. Denis J. Maginni who ran a Dance Academy here. Originally his name was Maginn, but he added an extra ‘i’ to make it more Italian sounding in keeping with his exotic profession. Maginni was a well-known and colourful character in Dublin and appears several times in James Joyce’s Ulysses. In the ‘Wandering Rocks’ episode he is described as wearing a “silk hat, slate frockcoat with silk facings, white kerchief tie, tight lavender trousers, canary gloves and pointed patent boots.”


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