Colm Tóibín on Joyce’s Dublin: city of dreamers and chancers
To mark Bloomsday, 16 June, the date Joyce first walked out with his wife-to-be in 1904, let’s revisit the city that has become a sacred place to Joyce lovers.
One hundred and eight years ago today James Joyce and Nora Barnacle went out walking together for the first time. “Bloomsday”, the day on which the novel Ulysses takes place, happens also on 16 June 1904. Hidden aspects of his own life nourished the narrative for Joyce. His own mythology could thus merge with a number of other mythologies to add weight and substance to what was, on the surface and maybe buried in the depths too, an ordinary day in an ordinary place.