George Dempsey (teacher)

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George Dempsey was a teacher of English at Belvedere College, Dublin, Ireland, who taught English to the writer James Joyce and later the poet Austin Clarke during the time they attended the Jesuit school.[1] The character of Mr. Tate in Joyce's novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Stephen Hero is based on George Dempsey.[1][2]

An annual prize in memory of Dempsey is awarded each year at Belvedere College to a student who has excelled in English writing.


  1. ^ a b Critical companion to James Joyce: a literary reference to his life and work, by A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael Patrick Gillespie. ISBN 978-0-8160-6689-6
  2. ^ See also the contribution entitled "Heresy in his Essay" in Portraits: Belvedere College Dublin 1832-1982, pub. Gill & MacMillan, 1982, Ed. John Bowman & Ronan O'Donoghue