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James Joyce

The most famous Tower in Dublin is Tower No. 11, in Sandycove Co. Dublin. It is known as Joyce’s Tower, a Museum dedicated to one of Irelands most talented authors James Joyce. He stayed in the tower in Sandy cove, and it is believed that James Joyce got inspiration there for one of his most famous works “Ulysses“. The museum is open to the public during the summer months, a must-see on the list of top Dublin attractions connected to James Joyce.

James Joyce’s Ulysses

Regarded by many as the greatest novel of the 20th Century, Ulysses was first published in 1922 in Paris amidst great controversy.

Replicating the structure of Homer’s Greek epic Odyssey, Ulysses chronicles a day in the life of Dublin, June 16th 1904, as seen through the eyes of our hero Leopold Bloom. Joyce fans now celebrate June 16th around the World as Bloomsday.

James Joyce lived in the Martello Tower at Sandycove for a time which he shared with Oliver St. John Gogarty, then a medical student but later to become famous in Irish history as a surgeon, politician and writer. In Ulysses, the fictional character Stephen Dedalus lives in the Tower with a medical student, Malachi “Buck” Mulligan, whom Joyce based on Gogarty. The Sandymount Tower is now known as the James Joyce Tower and can be seen across the Bay with the aide of the binoculars provided.

For Joycean fans we provide a copy of Ulysses (passage set in the Sandycove Martello Tower commences on page 1). An IPOD, with speakers, containing the entire recorded broadcast of Ulysses (an excellent production commissioned by RTÉ to commemorate the centenary of Bloomsday in 2004) is also provided in the James Joyce bedroom.

The James Joyce Centre in Dublin is dedicated to promoting an understanding of the life and works of James Joyce.