Ulysses WalkFollow in the footsteps of James Joyce's famous literary character, Leopold Bloom, with a Ulysses walk. Our Joycean perambulations start at Bloom's home in Eccles St. of Dorset St. and just down the road from the Mater Hospital. Bloom began his day in the Calypso chapter of Ulysses by making breakfast for his wife, Molly. No.7 Eccles St. was knocked down a few decades ago but if you stand at No.76 on the other side of the street you will be opposite the site of the house.
On Bloom's walk into the city in the Lotus-eaters chapter, we leave Eccles St. and we walk along Hardwicke Place towards St. George's Church (now the Temple Theatre), one of the finest Georgian Churches in Dublin. If we turn right at the junction with Gardiner Place we can see Joyce's old school, Belvedere College. Just around the corner from Belvedere College is the James Joyce Centre, on No.35 North Great George's St. In this Georgian townhouse you will find manuscripts and memorabilia of the Joyce Family, including the actual door of No.7 Eccles St.
Bloom turns left toward Mountjoy Square and continues down Gardiner St. toward the Custom House. He then enters Beresford Place and crosses Butt Bridge to the quays on the Southside. After forgoing a swim at the Tara St. baths, Bloom saunters down George's Quay onto City Quay. He then turns right into Lime St. and right again on to Hanover St. He then heads up Lombard St. and onto Pearse St. to collect a letter at a post office. He then takes a saunter up Westmoreland St. to collect a prescription for Molly and takes a bath in the Turkish and Warm baths of 11 Leinster St.
After his bath, Bloom follows a funeral cortege from Sandymount to Glasnevin and visits his place of employment, the Freeman's Journal in Abbey St. However, we pick up with Bloom again on Grafton St. where he saunters around the shops before going to Davy Bryne's for lunch. You might want to order Bloom's lunch choice of a Gorgonzola cheese sandwich with mustard and a glass of Burgundy wine.
Bloom follows his lunch with a trip to the National Library. Then Bloom heads down Nassau St., past the entrance of Trinity College, on to Westmoreland St. turning left on to Fleet St. He looks for a book for Molly in bookshops along Aston Quay and Wellington Quay. Bloom crosses the Grattan Bridge and calls into the Ormond Hotel, where the Sirens chapter takes place. The Sirens Bar is a welcome end to your Joycean perambulations as you can rest your feet and have some liquid refreshment.
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