When Stephen and Mulligan stand "looking towards the blunt cape of Bray Head that lay on the water like the snout of a sleeping whale," they cannot actually see it from the Sandycove tower. But this prominent landmark in the northern part of County Wicklow, praised as one of the glories of Ireland in Cyclops, is not far south of where they stand, adjacent to a prosperous seaside community where Stephen grew up, and where Molly and Bloom once took a small boat out on the waves.

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Promenade to Bray Head. Source: John F. Finerty, Ireland in Pictures (1898).

2008 photograph of the town of Bray from Bray Head, by Denzillacey. Source: Wikipedia.