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Planning application notice for 15, Usher’s Island, Dublin 8

During this ongoing debate about the repatriation of James Joyce’s body, the developers Fergus McCabe and Brian Stynes have submitted an application to convert 15 Usher’s Island – the house in which Joyce’s story, The Dead, is set – into a 56-room hostel replete with a cafe.

If Dublin and the Dublin City Council truly want to honour Joyce, their energies would be better spent on devising a better plan for this house, rather than wasting time on the misguided business of repatriation (as has been well documented in these pages).

Joyce conceived and wrote The Dead in his self-imposed exile at a point when he began to miss his abandoned city.

As a result, it is less caustic than the other stories in Dubliners and, while still critical, shows a sincere and abiding appreciation of “Irish hospitality”.

This underlying affection is one of many reasons why this story is often considered the greatest short story in the English language.

On the other hand, McCabe and Stynes’s application exemplifies the very reasons why Joyce left Ireland, “the old sow that eats her farrow”.

Dr Sam Slote,
Associate Professor,
School of English,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2.

Anyone?

A better plan for the house of The Dead (Irish Times letters page)

Yesterday: 10,397

PJ Murphy (right), proprietor of Sweny’s, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 – the chemist featured in ‘Ulysses’ – where rent has doubled

The Whiskey distillery behind the Writers’ Tears brand has provided ‘significant’ financial support to Sweny’s pharmacy.

Bernard Walsh, managing director and co-founder of Carlow-based Walsh Whiskey – maker of Writers’ Tears and The Irishman whiskeys – said the company made a “significant contribution” to the pharmacy’s rent, after finding out that it had recently doubled.

…This coming Sunday – Bloomsday – Sweny’s will also be giving out drams of Writers’ Tears to visitors.

In fairness.

Hic.

The Joycean pharmacy and Writers’ Tears: why a whiskey maker is helping keep Sweny’s open (Fora)

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From top: US Democrat Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, Peter Butitigieg and Jow Biden, viewing an original copy of Ulysses in Trinity College’s library in 2016.

Weaponising Joyce

On the US campaign trail.

Via The New Yorker:

Beto O’Rourke comes to Joyce by way of Homer. Last April, he told a Texas radio interviewer that the Odyssey was “absolutely” his favorite book. He named his first child Ulysses—only, he has suggested, because he “didn’t have the balls to call him Odysseus.” That’s fine. Joyce, too, called his novel after the Latin rather than Greek name of the hero.

O’Rourke’s story starts to wobble, however, when you learn that his next child, a daughter, is named Molly, seemingly referring to Leopold Bloom’s wife—she of the twenty-four-thousand-word, eight-sentence, unpunctuated soliloquy that closes the novel. And his third child, another son, is named Henry. If you’re already in a “Ulysses” state of mind, you might recall that Leopold Bloom hides behind the nom de plume Henry Flower in his epistolary flirtation with the “lady typist” Martha Clifford….

Pete Buttigieg’s Joyceolatry comes across as the best informed and the most authentic. I’ve known how to spell (if not how to pronounce) “Buttigieg” for a long time, because Mayor Pete’s father, Joseph A. Buttigieg, was a literary scholar who wrote a book about Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

Taking that volume down from my shelf the other day, I saw that Buttigieg writes in the preface that “our son Peter Paul has contributed an uncommon measure of patience and tolerance” to the writing of the book. It was published in 1987, when Pete was five—patience and tolerance were no small thing.

Joe Biden’s occasional references to Joyce over the years feel less strategic. He hasn’t been talking about Joyce as often of late—there have been other issues for him to address—though he has a habit of kicking around Joyce allusions like snuff at a wake….After seeing some of Joyce’s manuscripts in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin, in 2016, Biden called him “one of my favorite writers”

…But, given the controversy swirling around him, Biden should remember that “Ulysses” contains its own #MeToo movement, or at least moment. In the novel’s most vertiginous chapter, “Circe,” Bloom hallucinates a series of women accusing him of a wide range of forms of unwanted sexual attention

The Politicians Who Love “Ulysses” (Kevin Dettmar, New Yorker)

Pics: Getty/Rollingnews

Thanks Bebe

Sweny’s, the chemist featured in Joyce’s Ulysses; proprietor PJ Murphy (right). Rent on the property has doubled recently

Sweny’s Pharmacy, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2

Kenji writes:

As you might already know, the interior of Sweny’s is 172 years old and preserved very well. That’s PJ (centre) greeting a visitor. The counter there is the very same as from James Joyce’s time. Nora and James would have walked on the same floorboard and touched the same furniture.

Last year, the landlord doubled our rent, probably in an attempt to sell the building at a premium. It was either his way or the highway, so we had to sign that new lease, but that left us with the problem of how to raise the €1,500 per month that is needed to keep our tenancy.

At the moment, we are paying the difference from our savings, but this is running dry pretty fast. After exploring different options, what is working well so far is our online fundraiser page (see below). Thank you.

Sweny’s Pharmacy (Patreon)

Thanks Emma

Free next Monday, October 22?

The world premiere of a new stage adaptation of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man takes place at Cork’s Everyman Theatre (until October 24).

The Everyman writes:

Rough Magic will present James Joyce’s first novel in Arthur Riordan’s vibrant new stage adaptation brought to life by a dynamic, new, creative ensemble of actors and designers under Ronan Phelan’s direction.

Rough Magic’s ensemble cast will take us on a thrilling theatrical odyssey around Ireland from Galway to Waterford and from Letterkenny to Tralee, towards the liberation of the soul and its rejection of faith and fatherland.

The central role of Stephen Dedalus will be played by multiple members of the ensemble, both male and female.

Tickets here

Pic: Ste Mrray

Poetry Brothel Dublin tweets:

Join the Poetry Brothel this Bloomsday eve for Midnight Mass in the bowels of a former eighteenth-century church. Traverse the guilty and shameful pleasures of Joyce’s mind to find solace and liberation in the sensuality of the arts.

Steady on.

 & he Church Bar & Restaurant, Mary Street, Dublin 1, 

Book tickets here.

This morning.

North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1

James Joyce played by actor John Shelvin celebrates the annual Bloomsday Breakfast at the James Joyce Center marking June 16, 1904 the day in which the events of Ulysses take place.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Meanwhile…

The Bloomsday Messenger bike rally gets underway this morning.

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This morning.

Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Telly’s Bryan Dobson with James Joyce lookalike Paul Kennedy and Graham Wilkinson (in formal attire) at the launch of the 23rd annual Brennan’s Bloomsday James Joyce Bike Rally.

The rally has  raised over €873,00 for the Irish Youth Foundation community and voluntary groups through the country

In fairness..

Brennan’s Bloomsday Messenger Rally (Brennan’s)

Rollingnews