A substantial Georgian house linked to James Joyce at Ushers Island along the Dublin city quays has been sold to a private investor for more than €650,000 – more than €100,000 above the guide price.
It is not known what use the purchaser will make of the house. It is colloquially known as the “House of the Dead” because it was the setting for the famous Joyce short story in Dubliners. The Dead is regarded as one of the greatest short stories of the 20th century.
Bryan Garry of selling agent QRE had expected interest from Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works, but neither chose to pitch for the 371sq m (4,000sq ft) house. It was sold within half an hour through fairly intensive online bidding.
The four-storey, over-basement house overlooks the James Joyce Bridge on the Liffey. Though used recently as a tourist attraction, it had to be sold by a receiver.
The house has long been known for its association with Joyce, who was reputed to have spent Christmases there with his aunt and later used the setting for The Dead.
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