As I remember Rosserk Abbey by Dennis Joyce

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Article, Tales of the Joyce Family

We visited Ireland several years ago and after arriving in Dublin from London we stayed at hotel on River Liffey where Joyce wrote.  Took tour bus to see sites & walked the city en route to Literary Pub Crawl via Trinity College Library – awesome.  Drove to Ballina & spent nite at hotel where wedding reception was in progress – lots of fun.  Next day drove a few miles north to Rosserk that was poorly signed so we navigated farms to get there.  Finally we saw it & were startled by its beauty on banks of River Moy.  I walked the grounds & then entered the ruins where I remain in my mind’s eye every time I view the framed picture of it in my office.  I wish every Joyce would visit it to see if others have the same profound experience.  After Rosserk we did Belmullet where ancestors are buried then spent nite in Clifden.  Next day did Leenane, Kylemore Abbey then driving thru  Joyce Country before a few nites in Galway which was almost as impressive as Rosserk.  Not sure if I will ever get back to Ireland & see the other sites we never saw on last trip, but would definitely try to return to Rosserk.

More importantly, perhaps, I think Rosserk is the most visible symbol of Joyces extant in Ireland.  It is an historic site whose future I believe to be secure.  I love your Tribe Joyce logo but wonder if we can get Rosserk’s visibility increased at least among Joyces.  Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina has become focal point for historical items in Ballina.  I can’t recall name of its director but last time we discussed Rosserk she advised that there is an annual bike ride to visit it.

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