1 The Joyce family lived at Royal Terrace from May 1900 until Autumn 1901. In 1899 they had also lived in a house close to the entrance of the hospital with a front door onto Convent Avenue but an address at 225 Richmond Road. See James Joyce’s Dublin Houses by Vivien Igoe.
2 See Terence Killeen “Archaeologists hope to uncover secrets at James Joyce’s house in Fairview”, in Irish Times 22 February 2013, p. 4.
3 I have addressed the Magan legacy at length in St Vincent’s Hospital Fairview 1857-2007 (Albertine Kennedy: 2007).
4 According to the 1901 census there were Daughters of Charity and many other maids/attendants caring for the patients in St Vincent’s. This census also records the Joyce family living at Royal Terrace, and includes both Stanislaus and James as having both Irish and English.
5 In modern nosology “mania” means “an affective illness with mood elation as its main component”. In 1901 mania was “an illness characterised by delusions”.
6 In 1859 a difficulty arose between the Daughters of Charity and the Presentation Sisters about the very phenomenon described by Joyce in Portrait. Patients’ loud screaming was interfering with the Presentation Sisters and their school and they complained to the local hierarchy. Archbishop Paul Cullen issued a verdict which led to the teaching order moving their school to Terenure and the nursing order expanding their operation into the school building.
7 See drawing from architects W. H. Byrne and Son to illustrate the proximity of the laneway to St Vincent’s; also Bruce Bidwell and Linda Heffer, The Joycean Way (Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1981).