Joyce's Dublin

Joyce's Dublin
This audio podcast series showcases James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’ from his collection ‘Dubliners’ and explores themes within the story drawing on scholarly research and connecting it with the archive collections in UCD, the National Library and the National Archives. The series opens with a unique reading of the story by Irish actor Barry McGovern. Joyce’s Dublin; An exploration of ‘The Dead’ has been commissioned by the UCD Humanities Institute and produced by Athena Media. The series is presented by Barry McGovern and produced by Helen Shaw. Rights rest with UCD & Athena Media.

Barry McGovern Reading James Joyce’s “The Dead”
Oct 2, 2018 • 95 min
The Dead is regarded by many as the greatest short story of the twentieth century. The closing story of Dubliners, first published in 1914, it begins with a party in Ushers Island on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany and the last night of Christmas.…
Joyce’s Dublin - E6 -The Dead; a walking tour with Barry McGovern
Oct 2, 2018 • 8 min
James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’ is set in the heart of Dublin City on January 6th 1904. As part of our audio podcast series Barry McGovern takes a walk through the city of ‘The Dead’ and explores the landscape which frames the story from 15 Usher’s…
Joyce’s Dublin - E5 - The Dead; Sex, love and longing at The Gresham Hotel
Oct 2, 2018 • 9 min
At the end of the night we leave 15 Usher’s Island and follow Gabriel and Gretta Conroy’s journey up river and down O’Connell St (then Sackville Street) to the Gresham Hotel. With Professor Anne Fogarty we re-visit the Gresham Hotel and Gabriel’s own…
Joyce’s Dublin - E4 - The Dead; Distant Music and The Lass of Aughrim
Oct 2, 2018 • 10 min
The Dead is rich in music from Italian opera to popular folk songs. Music and song is the soundtrack to the dinner party while the conversation around the table shares stories of Enrico Caruso and the music halls of the city. The story’s epiphany hangs on…
Joyce’s Dublin - E3 - The Dead; Looking East or West?
Oct 2, 2018 • 11 min
Joyce described The Dead as a ghost story. The ghost of Michael Furey, who as Gretta says ‘died for me’ haunts the final scenes. But the story also echoes with the ghosts of Irish history and politics. Professor Kevin Whelan peels back the layers and…
Joyce’s Dublin - E2 - The Dead; Why The Story Resonates
Oct 2, 2018 • 9 min
TS Eliot described it as one of the greatest short stories ever written. James Joyce finished the final story in his collection Dubliners, The Dead, in Trieste 1907. This story of the Misses Morkan’s annual gathering of family, friends and music students…
Joyce’s Dublin - E1 - The Dead; 15 Usher’s Island, Joyce’s Dublin 1904
Oct 2, 2018 • 10 min
We start at 15 Usher’s Island, the house at the centre of the Misses Morkan’s Epiphany dinner party on January 6th 1904. Set in a Dublin of 300,000 souls, on a bitter cold night, we are looking out across the river to the west to the Phoenix Park and to…