Bloomsday: Tracing James Joyces’ ‘Ulysses’ through the streets of Dublin - PHOTOS
Retrace the steps of Leopold Bloom through Dublin landmarks featured in Joyces’ masterpiece
James Joyce’s masterpiece, “Ulysses” follows the protagonist Leopold Bloom on his day-long journey through the streets of Dublin. Joyce’s work is so beloved by his fans that is it celebrated around the globe annually on Bloomsday, June 16. The very same date that Dedalus set out into Dublin in 1904.
IrishCentral.com have compiled a list of Dublin landmarks that are featured in the 1922 book.
You can retrace the steps of Leopold Bloom by taking your own tour of the following sites.
1. Martello Tower, Sandy Cove
This spot is now home to “The James Joyce Tower and museum”. The first chapter of “Ulysses”, “Telemachus”, features this landmark.
It showcases Joyce’s possessions and other memorabilia associated with the novel including an empty pot of Plumtree’s Potted Meat. The tower has been restored to resemble the rooms as they would have been in 1904. The museum was created through the efforts of artist John Ryan. Ryan is responsible for the first Bloomsday in 1954.
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2. Clifton School, Dalkey
Located in a seaside suburb of Dublin, some eight miles south-east of the city center, the Clifton School is today the site of the Summerfield Lodge. Joyce himself taught history here for one term in this setting for the “Nestor” episode.
3. Sandymount Strand
This beach is situated on the east coast of Ireland, next to the village and suburb of Sandymount in Dublin. Considered the most famous beach in Irish fiction, it makes up the south side of Dublin Bay.
Sandymount Strand serves as the setting for both the third episode “Proteus” and 13th episode “Nausicaa” in the book. The most controversial scene in the novel takes place here as Leopold Bloom pleasures himself to a young Gertie lifting her skirt. This led to “Ulysses” being banned in the USA for obscenity.
4. Glasnevin Cemetery
Ireland’s largest non-denominational cemetery is 120 acres and dates back to 1832. The setting for the “Hades episode” is marked by high walls and watchtowers that were originally built to deter body-snatchers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Such prominent Irish figures as Daniel O’Connell, Micheal Collins, Eamon de Valera, Christy Brown, and Luke Kelly of the Dubliners are all buried here.
5. Princes Street, Dublin
The street is a major thoroughfare and urban center in Dublin. “The Aleous” episode was set here. It runs off O’Connell Street and was the site of the old Capitol theater.
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