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Pronouncing Joyce

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Proper names in Joyce's writing can be pronounced in Dublin English in ways which are surprising to those unfamiliar with the dialect. Often the stress falls in unexpected places (as in D'Olier Street), and sometimes the pronunciation itself might not be guessed by speakers outside Ireland (as in Clongowes). The entries below offer Dublin English pronunciations of many proper names in Ulysses and other works - the pronunciations appear in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcription and in audio format. Suggestions for other problematic terms which we could add to this audio glossary would be welcome.

    The pronunciations are NOT intended to represent Joyce's own pronunciation of these terms, but show them represented in a variety of modern "mainstream" Dublin English which is indicative of, but not identical with, the Irish pronunciation with which Joyce would have been familiar.

     A pronunciation key may be found here. We are grateful for the advice of Professor Raymond Hickey on the choice of the key, though any errors of implementation are our own, and to Dubliner and Joyce expert Robert Nicholson for providing the audio representations.

    To view these locations circled on Bacon's Plan of Dublin and Suburbs or the Ordnance Survey inch-to-the-mile map of Co. Dublin (c1898 and 1900 respectively: courtesy of Ian Gunn), click the names in the left-hand column (and then enlarge the map view).
For additional information on these locations, please see Ian Gunn and Clive Hart James Joyce's Dublin: a topographical guide to the Dublin of Ulysses (Thames & Hudson: 2004)


 
  Aldborough House

Near Aldborough House Father Conmee thought of that spendthrift nobleman

 
 
/ˈɒ:ldb
ərə/
 


  Amiens Street

in the direction of Amiens street railway terminus

   
/ˈe:miənz/
 


 
Annesley bridge

At Annesley bridge the tram halted

   
/ˈænzli/
 


 
Antient Concert
   Rooms

Antient concert rooms. Nothing on there.

   
/ˈe:nʃ(ə)nt/
 


 
Artane

Just nice time to walk to Artane

   
/a:rˈte:n/
 


 
Aungier Street

curtain pole and revolving shutter manufacturer, 16 Aungier street

   
/ˈe:nʤəɹ/
 


 
Ballsbridge

Ballsbridge. Tourists over for the show.

   
/bɒ:lzˈbrɪʤ/
older /ˈbɒ:lz ˈbrɪʤ/ reflects spelling as two words
 



  Ballybough bridge

What did you do in the cattlecreep behind Kilbarrack? [...] And under Ballybough bridge?

   
/bælɪˈbɒ:x/
 


 
Belvedere

were they getting on well at Belvedere?

   
/bɛlvəˈdiəɹ/
 



 
Berkeley Road

Quick warm sunlight came running from Berkeley road

   
/ˈba:kli/
 



 
Brian Boruimhe
  House

They drove on past Brian Boroimhe house

   
/bəˈru:/
 



 
Cahill's corner

From Cahill's corner the reverend Hugh C. Love, M. A., made obeisance unperceived

   
/ˈkæhɪl/
 



 
Capel street

Must get that Capel street library book renewed

   
/ˈke:pl/
 



  Carlisle bridge

John Mulligan, the manager of the Hibernian bank, gave me a very sharp eye yesterday on Carlisle bridge as if he remembered me.

   
/ˈka:rlaɪl/ or /ka:rˈlaɪl/
 


 
Chapelizod

Ignatius Gallaher we all know and his Chapelizod boss

   
/ʧæplˈɪzəd/
 



  Charlemont Mall

J. and T. Davy, family grocers, 1 Charlemont Mall, Grand Canal

   
/ˈʧa:rləmɒ:nt/
 


  Charleville Mall

Moored under the trees of Charleville Mall Father Conmee saw a turfbarge

   
/ˈʧa:rləvɪl/
 


  Clanbrassil street

I, Rudolph Virag, now resident at no 52 Clanbrassil street, Dublin [...] intend henceforth upon all occasions and at all times to be known by the name of Rudolph Bloom.

   
/klænˈbrʌs(ə)l/
 


  Clarendon st

the last concert I sang at where its over a year ago when was it St Teresas hall Clarendon st

   
/ˈklærəndən/
 


  Clongowes

When I put my face into it in the basin at Clongowes

   
/ˈklɒngouz/
 



 
Dalkey

that was an accident coming down Dalkey hill 

   
/ˈdɒ:ki/
 


 
Denzille Lane

The Denzille lane boys. Hell, blast ye! Scoot.

   
/ˈdɛnzɪl/
 


 
D'Olier Street

Messrs Flower and M'Donald of 14 D'Olier street

   
/dəˈliəɹ/
 


 
Dorset Street

He walked back along Dorset street

   
/dɒ:ɹˈsɛt/
or /ˈdɒ:ɹsət/
 


 
Eccles Street

I live in Eccles street

   
/ˈɛk(ə)lz/
also locally
/ˈɛkləs/
 


  Ely place

In Ely place, Baggot street, Duke's lawn, thence through Merrion green up to Holles street

   
/ˈi:laɪ/
 


 
Finglas Road

The carriage steered left for Finglas road

   
/ˈfɪngləs/
 


 
Fownes Street

In Fownes's street

   
/ˈfæʊnz/
 


 
Grosvenor

That one at the Grosvenor this morning

   
/ˈgrouvnəɹ/
 


  Heytesbury street

said he had a farm in the county Down off a hop-of-my-thumb by the name of Moses Herzog over there near Heytesbury street.

   
/ˈhe:tsbərɪ/
 



 
Holles Street

the lying-in hospital in Holles street

   
/ˈhɒləs/
 


 
Howth

on the proud promontory of dear old Howth

   
/hout̪/
 


 
Jammet's

that highclass whore in Jammet's

   
/ˈʒæme:z/
 


  Jervis street

At the Dolphin they halted to allow the ambulance car to gallop past them for Jervis street.

   
/ˈʤə:ɹvɪs/
 



 
Kavanagh

the shaded door of Kavanagh's winerooms

   
/ˈkævənə/
 


  Killiney hill

expecting you to walk up Killiney hill then for example at that picnic all staysed up

   
/kɪˈlaɪnɪ/
 



 
Larchet's

Larchet's, Holles street hospital, Burke's. Eh? I am watching you.

   
/ˈla:rʃe:z/
 


 
Leinster Street

Turkish and Warm Baths, 11 Leinster street

   
/ˈlɛnstəɹ/
 


 
Lincoln Place

 in Lincoln place outside the premises of F. W. Sweny and Co (Limited)

   
/ˈlɪŋk(ə)n/
 


  Marlborough street

There was a dosshouse in Marlborough street, Mrs Maloney's

   
/ˈmɒ:ɹlbərə/
 



  Mecklenburgh
    street

I called upon the bard Kinch at his summer residence in upper Mecklenburgh street

   
/ˈmeklənbəɹg/
 



 
Michan

Is he buried in saint Michan's?

   
/ˈmaɪk(ə)n/ or /ˈmɪk(ə)n/
 


 
Montgomery Street

 the livery stables at the corner of Montgomery street

   
/mɒntˈgɒm(ə)ri/
 


  Mountjoy square

Father Conmee stopped three little schoolboys at the corner of Mountjoy square.

   
/ˈmæʊntʤɒɪ/
 



 
Nassau Street

Master Dignam walked along Nassau street

   
/ˈnæsæʊ/ or /ˈnæsɒ:/
 


 
Newcomen Bridge

Father John Conmee stepped into the Dollymount tram on Newcomen bridge

   
/ˈnju:k(ə)m(ə)n/
 


  New Wapping
    street

beyond new Wapping street past Benson's ferry, and by the threemasted schooner Rosevean

   
/nju: ˈwɒpɪŋ/
 



 
Parkgate

B is Parkgate. Good.

   
/pa:kˈge:t/
 


  Pembroke quay

A cavalcade in easy trot along Pembroke quay passed

   
/ˈpembrʊk/
 



  Pembroke Road

but in quiet parts of the city, Pembroke road for example, the guardians of the law were well in evidence

   
/ˈpembrʊk/
 



  Phibsborough Road

In silence they drove along Phibsborough road.

   
/ˈfɪbzbərə/
 



 
Phoenix Park

murder in the Phoenix park. Before you were born

   
/ˈfi:nɪks/
 


 
Ranelagh

Windy Arbour, Palmerston Park, Ranelagh

   
/ˈrænələ/
also locally
/ˈrɛnələ/
 


  Rialto bridge

She rolled downhill at Rialto bridge to tempt me with her flow of animal spirits.

   
/rɪˈæltou/
 



 
Sandycove

There's a drowning case at Sandycove may turn up

   
/ˈsændɪkouv/
 


 
Sandymount

Am I walking into eternity along Sandymount strand?

   
/ˈsændɪmæʊnt/
 


  Sweny

The freckled face of Sweny, the druggist

   
/ˈswɛni/
 


  Synge street

on public thoroughfares between Longwood avenue and Leonard's corner and Leonard's corner and Synge street

   
/sɪŋ/
 



  Talbot place

Ibsen, associated with Baird's the stonecutter's in his mind somehow in Talbot place

   
/ˈtɒ:lbət/
 



  Talbot street

He catches sight of the navvy lurching through the crowd at the farther side of Talbot street

   
/ˈtɒ:lbət/
 



 
Tangier Lane

H. E. L. Y.'S. filed before him, tallwhitehatted, past Tangier lane

   
/tænˈʤiəɹ/
 


  Thomond

from the streamy vales of Thomond, from the M'Gillicuddy's reeks the inaccessible and lordly Shannon the unfathomable

   
/ˈθoumənd/
 



 
Tyrone Street

Mrs Bella Cohen, 82 Tyrone street, lower

   
/taɪˈroun/
 


  Vico Road

Welloff people, proud that their eldest son was in the navy. Vico road, Dalkey.

   
/ˈvaɪkou/
 



  Westmoreland
    street

He crossed Westmoreland street when apostrophe S had plodded by.

   
/westˈmɒ:ɹlənd/
 



 
Yeates

He crossed at Nassau street corner and stood before the window of Yeates and Son

   
/je:ts/