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Address: 8 Bowling Green, Galway, Ireland
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The childhood home of James Joyce's wife has been restored as a museum...

The childhood home of James Joyce's wife has been restored as a museum commemorating the lives of the Joyces.

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Nora barnacle was a precocious girl orphaned somehow. She lived here with her uncle and fell in love with a local boy who died early from TB. Distraught, she left and moved to... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
David M
Tampa, Florida, United States
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Nora barnacle was a precocious girl orphaned somehow. She lived here with her uncle and fell in love with a local boy who died early from TB. Distraught, she left and moved to Dublin where she met Oscar Wilde. Although being his muse she remained in love with her original beau.

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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Got there on a wet rainy morning and was met by Mary one of the owners of the museum and she had a lovely fire burning, she was wonderful, showed us photos of Nora and her family and answered all of our questions . Great little museum

Thank kelgal
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

It can't be terrible, because we didn't see it. There was a handwritten note in the window - see photo. Sad that they can't afford to maintain it.

Thank JaxAmerican
Midland Park, New Jersey, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2012

The little house was not open due to budget cuts according to our walking tour guide

Thank Mary Ellen D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2012

Small house. But if you are into story of NoraBarnacle worth a look

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Gilbert, Arizona
1 review
Reviewed 16 March 2012

The ladies have done a wonderful job with the house, cant wait to return again. I was 20 when I was there. About 12 years ago Cant wait to bring my grandmother back for her third visit. Wonderful piece of history well kept.

Thank DaniellLind
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73 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

in the centre of galway, worth a visit, beautifully restored and kept.

Thank ConnemaraDoris
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

The tiny, tiny home of Nora Barnacle, wife of James Joyce, is one of those rare experiences which can occasionally jump up on you and surprise you. They always have a guide in situ, which is either one of the Gallagher sisters who own the building (and should be beatified for having saved it and maintained it for the rest... More 

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