Oh Those Costly Joyceans by jjqblog
January 16, 2013, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Uncategorized

In a small item we missed over the holiday break, The Irish Times revealed that the state reception hosted at Dublin Castle to mark Joyce’s centenary in 1982 cost “£8,000– or about €37,000 in today’s terms.”  About half of that cost went to the bar bill, a figure not at all surprising to anyone who has helped organize a Joyce conference.  The article includes some interesting details about the event, noting for example that the Department of Foreign Affairs believed only one reception was necessary.  Let’s just hope our upcoming hosts in Charleston and then in Utrecht will be as generous!


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