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James Joyce & the Mulligan’s area

 

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jjj7In Finnegans Wake by James Joyce the River Liffey is embodied in the voice of Anna Livia Plurabelle

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The river is also mentioned in Ulysses:

 A skiff, a crumpled throwaway, Elijah is coming, rode lightly down the Liffey, under Loopline Bridge, shooting the rapids where water chafed around the bridgepiers, sailing eastward past hulls and anchorchains, between the Custom House old dock and George’s quay.

 

jjj4The Tivoli Theatre (1898-1928)  was originally Conciliation Hall (1843), then the Grand Lyric Hall (1897), then the Lyric theatre of Varieties (1898) and finally the Tivoli Variety Theatre (1901).

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It is mentioned in a short story Counterparts that forms one of the collection in Dubliners by James Joyce:

Weathers saluted them and told the company that they were out of the Tivoli.

 

jjj3Mulligan’s is used as a setting in the narrative of Counterparts (Dubliners) by James Joyce. The author had to fight with the publishers to keep the name Mulligan’s in the story because they feared the publican, James Mulligan, would sue them.

 

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When the Scotch House closed they went round to Mulligan’s.

 

jjj6James Joyce had a life-long love of opera. He was a competent tenor and did well in competitions in his younger years. He frequently attended performances at the Theatre Royal, Hawkins Street.

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The Theatre Royal (1897-1934)

 

jjj5The Crampton Memorial, at the junction of College Street/ Pearse Street and D’Olier Street was erected from the design of John Kirk the sculptor in 1862.  It was removed in 1959.

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The memorial is mentioned in Ulysses:

Sir Philip Crampton’s memorial fountain bust. But who was he?

 

jjj2The Tara Street Baths and Wash-house were designed by Daniel J. Freeman, Dublin city architect 1879-1893, with construction starting in 1884. Later altered by a successor C.J. McCarthy.  

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In Ulysses, Leopold Bloom uses the Tara Street public baths in the Lotus Eaters section of the novel.