Nora Barnacle House

This terrace house is located in Galway City opposite of St Nicholas Church. It was built in the late 1800s and was home to James Joyce’s wife, Nora Barnacle. Joyce also spent considerable time here when he was writing in the 20th century. The building has been restored, but it’s admittedly showing some signs of wear.

The house itself is modest even by family standards, and it’s actually the smallest museum in Ireland. Barnacle lived here in the early 1900s with her mother and six siblings. They made do with two rooms and a tiny garden. The room on the ground floor served as a kitchen, a dining and—more often than not—a bedroom as well.

Nora Barnacle was Joyce’s muse, and her childhood home has been converted to a memorial of their relationship. Today, it’s filled with memorabilia, including photographs of the couple and the correspondence they exchanged, along with a few other exhibits exploring the couples’ lives and time together.

Geo-Coordinates:    Latitude: 53.273148    Longitude:-9.054459