This week’s Thursday Doors post is made up of photographs taken from the car as we made our way through Dublin City, so please excuse the quality.
The Dominican Priory of St. Saviour’s in Dublin was first founded in 1224 on the site today occupied by the Four Courts (Ireland’s main courts building). The present church was designed by J.J. McCarthy and opened in 1862.
Below is a less fortunate door belonging to this sad little building. There are so many old properties in the city that unless it has significant historical connections, I doubt it will be preserved.
One house that is sure to be kept in good condition is the three story red-brick across the James Joyce Bridge in the image below. You can just about see the door in its arched entrance (my next shot was taken a lot closer but the car swung right and the image was blurred, sorry). Not to worry, the video I’ve posted will give you an even better view of the the house, including the inside.
The James Joyce ‘House of the Dead’ at 15 Usher’s Island, Dublin City, was the setting of Joyce’s famous 16,000 word short story The Dead (made into a movie in 1997 by John Huston). It’s the last story in Joyce’s book Dubliners. He was a regular visitor there in the 1890’s as it was the home of his great-aunts. They were his inspiration for The Dead’s music-teaching Morkan sisters. Many of his childhood Christmases were spent there. The building officially dates from 1760 but the foundations are a lot older.
In this video, Brendan Kilty, storyteller and owner of the property, gives a fascinating account of the history of the building, which has roundabout connections to the Duke of Wellington and even Australia’s famous Irish outlaw, Ned Kelly.
On this day, November 10th 1926, James Joyce received news about the suicide of his brother-in-law, Frantisek Schaurek. Apparently, Frantisek had been embezzling money from the bank where he worked as a cashier. He met Eileen Joyce while taking English lessons from her brother, James, and they married in Trieste in 1915, where they set up home and went on to have three children.
Eileen was in Dublin at the time of her husband’s death and James Joyce couldn’t bring himself to give such bad news to his sister, when she paid him a visit in Paris on her way back to Trieste. By the time she arrived home, Frantisek had already been buried but as she hadn’t seen his body, Eileen refused to believe he was dead. His corpse was exhumed in order to convince her and she collapsed. She remained in Trieste, living with her brother Stanislaus Joyce, eventually moving to Ireland with her children in March 1928.
I hope you enjoyed this Thursday Doors post. Thanks for stopping by. You’ll find some more doors from around the world on Norm’s blog when you hit the blue link at the end of his post.