Drumcondra's Joycean Jaunt 2022

Drumcondra's Joycean Jaunt 2022

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Following the success of last year’s inaugural jaunt, Joycean jollification returns to Drumcondra on Bloomsday, Thursday 16th June.

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Drumcondra's Joycean Jaunt commemorates the suburb's linkages with James Joyce and his work.

Jaunting commences at Lower Drumcondra (11:00), meanders to James Joyce Court/Drumcondra Library (for 12:00) before moving to DCU's St Patrick's Campus (for 13:00).

Joyce's final words are reputed to have been "Does nobody understand?"

We cannot guarantee that nobody will understand anything or that anybody will understand nothing, but readings will have been delivered, poems will have been recited, songs will have been sung and jollification will have been the order of the day.

Bígí Linn!

In the meantime, some local information ......

Millbourne Avenue

#2, Millbourne Ave, now James Joyce Court, across from Drumcondra Library was home to the Joyces in1894. Down the avenue, St Patrick’s Boys’ National School was established in the same year.

Drumcondra Hospital, Whitworth Road

James’s father Stanislaus died here on 29th December 1931, his final home was nearby at 25, Claude Road.

George’s Church on Temple Street was once described as  "New St. George’s Church, Drumcondra". Boundaries and street names subsequently changed e.g. Dorset Street was once known as Drumcondra Lane

"A creak and a dark whirr in the air high up. The bells of George's church. They tolled the hour: loud dark iron.”- Calypso

#4, Lismore Terrace (now incorporated into Botanic Avenue) was home to Miss Mina Kennedy

“Bronze by gold heard the hoof-irons, steely ringing – The barmaids in the Ormond hotel, Miss Douce (bronze) and Miss Kennedy (gold), hear the viceregal procession” - Sirens

Clonturk Park

"that she would never forget her hero boy who went to his death with a song on his lips as if he were but going to a hurling match in Clonturk Park." - Cyclops

Restaurant 104 on Upper Drumcondra Road was previously a Youkstetter’s butchers shop

"In Youkstetter’s, the pork-butcher’s, Father Conmee observed pig’s puddings, white and black and red, lying neatly curled in tubes.“ – Wandering Rocks referring to Youkstetter’s other shop on North Strand

Lower Drumcondra

“It is called a tundish in Lower Drumcondra, said Stephen laughing, where they speak the best English.”- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Other Local References

 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man‘’

Bridge over Tolka - Statue Mary (p162)

Clonliffe Road (p80)

Tolka River (p162)

'Dubliners' – Clay

Canal bridge Binns Bridge where Drumcondra Rd Lwr crosses over Royal Canal

St Brigid's Rd, Drumcondra

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