Ken Monaghan, 1925-2010 by seanlatham
September 21, 2010, 9:19 AM
Filed under: People

The sad news just reached us that Ken Monaghan died yesterday.  Mr. Monaghan, born in 1925, was the son of Joyce’s sister May and was among that branch of the family that remained in Dublin and welcomed intrepid Joyce scholars to a city they often knew only from the pages of a book.  He was a memorable presence at the 2004 Bloomsday centennial, one of the many events to which he lent his generous energies.  In a 2001 essay that appeared in the Joyce Studies Annual, Mr. Monaghan recalled the Dublin of his youth, a city not unlike the one  his uncle has fled.  “My mother,” he wrote, “was proud of her eldest brother and had copies of Dubliners and Portrait which she read, but at the same time she was conscious of his reputation in Ireland and would say to my two sisters and myself that while we should never deny that we were related to Joyce, we did not have to advertise the fact either.”  Times have changed, of course, and Joyce has passed into the Irish national consciousness, his flame kindled not just by the power of his work and the efforts of scholars, but by the steady often quiet work of Mr. Monaghan himself.  He will be missed–and remembered well.

As is always the case when JJQ comments on the loss of one of its members, the comments section will remain open for other to share their memories.

<Photo from the collection of Fritz Senn>

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Ken was a true gentleman. He worked Tirelessly and selflessly to perserve the hertitage of James Joyces’ life and works. I cannot say enough about his gentle character and generous spirit. Ken will be missed greatly.

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