What is the setting of James Joyce's "Araby"?

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First, it helps to be aware that the short story, "Araby," comes from a book of short works written by James Joyce, and this book is called Dubliners. Therefore, it makes sense to assume the stories it contains are all about various folk who live in Dublin, Ireland, the city in which Joyce himself was born and raised. Additionally, the first line of the story refers to the narrator's childhood home's location on North Richmond Street, a road located in Dublin. 

It is likely that the main events of the story took place in the early years of the twentieth century, given the descriptions of homes, schools, and daily life, though the speaker narrates these events from some time in the future, when he is an adult, using a first person objective point of view.