Dubliners Characters
by James Joyce

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List of Characters

The Sisters
Narrator—Boy, 8–9 years old.
Father Flynn (dead)—Boy’s mentor.
Narrator’s Aunt and Uncle
Nannie and Eliza—Priest’s elderly sisters.
Old Cotter—Family friend.

An Encounter
Narrator—Boy, 8–9 years old.
Mahoney—School friend of the Narrator.
Leo Dillon—School firend of the Narrator.
Joe Dillon—Leo’s brother.
Older Man in Field—Quite likely a sexual pervert.

Narrator—Boy, 9–12 years old.
Mangan’s sister—Sister of narrator’s friend with whom the boy is in love.
Narrator’s Aunt and Uncle

Eveline Hill—Young woman, 18–20 years old.
Eveline’s Alcoholic Father
Eveline’s Mother—Who died and Eveline loved.
Frank—Eveline’s betrothed.

After the Race
Jimmy Doyle—Wealthy 20–21 year-old Irishman.
Charles Segouin—Owner of a French race car, his friend.
Andre Riviere—Friend of Segouin.
Villona—Hungarian friend of Segouin.
Routh—English friend of Segouin.
Farley—American friend of Riviere.

Two Gallants
Corley—A womanizer about 25 years old.
Lenehan—His buddy, approximately the same age.
Servant Girl (“Slavey”)—Whom Corley is dating.

The Boarding House
Mrs. Mooney—Owner of the boarding house.
Polly Mooney—Her 19-year-old daughter.
Bob Doran—Boarder with whom Polly has become romantically involved.

A Little Cloud
Little Chandler—Thirty-ish clerk and amateur poet.
Ignatius Gallaher—Little Chandler’s school friend, now a journalist living in London.
Little’s Wife (Annie) and Baby Son

Farrington—Forty-ish clerk and alcoholic.
Mr. Alleyne—Farrington’s boss.
Weathers—An English entertainer whom Farrington meets in a pub.
Several of Farrington’s Drinking Companions

Maria—Middle-aged worker in an Irish charitable laundry.
Joe Donnelly—Her nephew.
Joe’s Family

A Painful Case
James Duffy—Middle-aged ascetic and scholar.
Emily Sinico—Middle-aged married woman who becomes attached to Duffy intellectually and personally.

Ivy Day in the Committee Room
Old Jack—Caretaker of headquarters.
O’Connor—Young political canvasser.
Hynes—Canvasser whom others suspect of working for the rival side.
Henchy—A canvasser.
Crofton—A canvasser.
Lyons—A canvasser.
Richard Tierney (not present)—Politician running for office in the Royal Exchange Ward and for whom the canvassers are working.
Father Keon—De-frocked priest and friend of Tierney.
Charles Stewart Parnell—(dead) Irish Revolutionary in whose honor ivy is worn on the lapel to commemorate anniversary of his death.

A Mother
Mrs. Kearney—Overbearing mother and socially ambitious member of Dublin middle class.
Mr. Kearney—Her quiet, ineffectual husband.
Kathleen Kearney—Her teenage daughter.
Mr. Holohan—Assistant secretary to the Eire Abu Society.
Mr. Fitzpatrick—Secretary to the Eire Abu Society.

Tom Kernan—A tea merchant and alcoholic.
Messrs. Power, Cunningham, M’Coy and Fogarty—Tom Kernan’s friends.
Mrs. Kernan—His wife.
Father Purdon—Priest running the “businessman’s retreat” at the local church.

The Dead
Gabriel Conroy—Teacher and amateur writer.
Gretta Conroy—His wife.
Julia and Kate Morkan—Gabriel’s aging aunts, piano and voice teachers in Dublin.
Mary Jane—Gabriel’s cousin, an unmarried piano teacher who lives with the aunts.
Molly Ivors—Gabriel’s colleague and passionate Irish nationalist various party guests of the Morkans.
Michael Furey—(dead) Adolescent love of Gretta Conroy.

Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)


“I,” the first-person narrator of the first three stories, often thought of as one character. In “The Sisters” and “Araby,” he reveals that he lives with an uncle and aunt. In “An Encounter,” he does not mention his home life, but there too he is bright, admired by his teachers, and disdainful of common people, an attitude he learns to reject.

James Flynn

James Flynn, a deceased priest in “The Sisters,” and a former teacher of the narrator. Unable to forgive himself for breaking a chalice containing sacred wine, he was found laughing to himself in a confessional....

(The entire section is 3,011 words.)