The house featured in James Joyce's 'The Dead' on Usher's Quay in Dublin is to be restored.
A house made famous around the world by James Joyce is to be saved from ruin and restored to its former glory. The house at number 15 Usher's Island in Dublin was the setting of for the short story 'The Dead’ and was recreated in Hollywood for the film version directed by John Huston.
Suffering from many years of dereliction there are now plans to restore the house.
Ken Monaghan, James Joyce’s nephew, says the building once housed a music academy which was run by two of Joyce’s grandaunts. The aunts featured in ‘The Dead’ under different names. Each year, the women would host a Christmas party which was the inspiration for The Dead.
The house has now been bought by barrister and Joyce fan Brendan Kilty who plans to restore the house of The Dead.
My ambition is to restore the building to its condition as of 1904 and make it one of the literary landmarks of the world.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 May 2000. The reporter is Colm Connolly.