Irreverent humor is part of the life-blood of Irish conversation, and sacred cows are not exempt—the country's remarkable piety notwithstanding. Ulysses is full of jokes in which sacred things become gently confused with trivial mundane ones.

JH 2011

Sacred Heart of Jesus marble statue in Prospect Cemetery, Glasnevin. Photograph by Retro Stu in 2010. Source: www.flickr.com.