In Penelope Molly recalls having seen Stephen Dedalus
when he was half his present age: "I saw him driving down to the
Kingsbridge station with his father and mother I was in
mourning thats 11 years ago now yes hed be 11."
The Kingsbridge station, now called Heuston, is on the western
edge of Dublin. It connects Dublin by train with western and
southern parts of Ireland, and in late 1893 James Joyce (then
11) made a trip to Cork with his father, leaving from
Read MoreAfter King George IV paid a visit to Ireland in 1821, a bridge was built across the Liffey to commemorate the event. In 1846 the Great Southern and Western Railway built a striking new train station nearby, designed in an Italianate style by English architect Sancton Wood. It came to be called by the name of the bridge. In 1966, fifty years after the Easter Rising, the station was renamed after Seán Heuston, one of the sixteen leaders executed by the British authorities. Heuston had been employed by the railroad, had worked in the offices of the station, and had commanded a detachment of soldiers nearby during the Rising.
In the second part of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young
Man, Stephen is seen "seated beside his father in the
corner of a railway carriage at Kingsbridge. He was
traveling with his father by the night train to Cork" (91-92).
The purpose of the trip is to sell some family properties in
that city, where John Joyce was born, in order to pay back a
moneylender to whom he was deeply in debt. Joyce made a point
of remembering the name of that moneylender, Reuben J. Dodd,
In Wandering Rocks the viceregal cavalcade leaves
Phoenix Park by the lower gate and "proceeded past
Kingsbridge along the northern quays." Whether the
reference is to the bridge or to the station is really a
distinction without a difference, as the last photograph
displayed here may illustrate.