Today marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of one of the most popular and influential Irish novels of the 20th century, 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' by James Joyce.

Joyce's first novel, which charts the wanderings and artistic development of Stephen Dedalus, was originally published in serial form in 25 instalments in the avant-garde magazine, The Egoist in 1914 -1915.

It was subsequently released in New York by B.W. Huebsch on 29 December 1916, at a time when both nationalism and modernism began to shape a new Ireland.

To mark the centenary, a new multi-media version of the novel, specially commissioned and published by the UCD School of English, Drama and Film, has been released.

UCD Professor Gerardine Meaney said: "This multimedia version of Joyce's first novel, created by UCD scholars in partnership with Athena Media, shows the clear potential for collaboration between cultural heritage and new technology to create new opportunities for arts, scholarship, media and design in Ireland and globally."

A full audio recording performed by actors Barry and Sam McGovern, the text as it was first published, as well as maps, rare period images and commentary on Joyce's Dublin are available from

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