About Araby House

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The INOU's offices are based at Araby House, 8 North Richmond Street, Dublin 1, Ireland. Araby House is owned by the Full Employment Trust Ltd. (FET). The FET was established in 1997 by the INOU in order to facilitate the acquisition of the building.

The organisation choose to name the building Araby House because of its association with the work of the famous Irish author, James Joyce. The following passage is an extract from 'Araby' one of a series of short stories in Joyce's book Dubliners.

 

Araby

'North Richmond St. being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers school set the boys free. An uninhabited house of two storeys stood at the blind end detached from its neighbours in a square ground. The other houses of the street, conscious of decent lives within them, gazed at one another with brown imperturbable faces'.

The description of the uninhabited house of two storeys standing at the blind end detached from its neighbours accurately depicts the building we now occupy, hence the decision to name it Araby House.