Kingsbridge Station

In Penelope Molly recalls seeing 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 train station (today renamed Heuston) is on the western edge of inner Dublin, just south of the "Kingsbridge" over the Liffey mentioned in Wandering Rocks. In Joyce's time it connected Dublin by train with southwestern Ireland via the Great Southern and Western Railway. In late 1893 James Joyce, then 11 years old, made a trip to Cork with his father, leaving from Kingsbridge Station.

John Hunt 2019

Photograph by John J. Clarke, ca. 1897-1904, of a jaunting car passing the Kingsbridge railway station. Source:

2005 photograph of Heuston station, taken from the other side of King's Bridge on the "northern quays." Source:

Another photograph from Joyce's time, giving a better sense of the building's architecture. Source: