As we wandered the streets of Dublin seeking out the Joyce Centre with ony half an address and an insufficient map we thought of Leopold Bloom on his more exciitng journey. There was no Molly for us to encounter but thankfully a slip of a lass steered us in the right direction. I’m glad we didn’t give up as the Joyce Centre was worth the visit. Three short films give some background and interesting takes on Joyce and his legacy for literature in Ireland, a reconstruction of his small bedroom foucsses the mind and interactive media allows you to explore favourite or unknown passages from Ulysses. Located in a restored Georgian house close to Joyce’s Alma Mater, this understated centre leads the visitorinto aspects of Joyce’s world and some of the people wh played an importnat part in his life. If you have restricted mobility the climb to the top floor may be a challenge. And if you want to copy Joyce’s sartorial style, you can buy a straw boater.
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