Naughtons hot for new Joyce museum
Eithne Shortall Published: 28 February 2016
James Joyce UCD group graduation photo which was taken in the back garden of Newman House (UCD Special Collections)
NEWMAN HOUSE on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green is to be turned into a three-storey museum devoted to James Joyce and Irish literature, thanks in part to a heating tycoon.
Half of the project’s budget will be provided by businessman Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel. The Naughtons, who made their money in electric heaters, have provided €5m towards the development. Last year, Naughton’s fortune was estimated by The Sunday Times Rich List at €2.2bn.
A further €2.5m for the project will come from Failte Ireland. University College Dublin (UCD), which is developing the literary centre in partnership with the National Library of Ireland (NLI), will raise the remainder. The university is expected to provide between €1m and €1.5m from its own coffers.