Earl Street North
written by: RODDY DOYLE
animated by: GABRIEL BYRNE
"Usually, contemplation of a statue is a one-way affair. In this case, the interaction provides a new kind of dialogue which almost seems to make the statue come alive.”
Born in Rathgar in 1882, the young Joyce was a brilliant student, becoming involved with the city's literary and theatrical circles while studying at University College Dublin. His first publication was an impassioned review of Ibsen's When We Dead Wake; Joyce was so struck by the play that he learned Norwegian to send a fan letter to the playwright!
Although he spent much of his adult life living abroad, Joyce placed Dublin at the centre of his writing, once remarking: "I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal."