Joyce modeled "Mr Deasy" on Francis Irwin, the owner and headmaster of the Clifton School in Dalkey, where he worked for several weeks or months in March-June 1904. Altering some details and keeping others, he created a vivid portrait of a blustery old man whose authoritative advice is undermined by frequent errors of fact.

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The Dalkey house that housed Francis Irwin's Clifton School for boys, as photographed in the 1950s by William York Tindall. Source: The Joyce Country.

Hecamede mixing drink for Nestor (according to one common scholarly interpretation of the scene depicted) in the tondo of an Attic cup from ca. 490 BC. Source: Wikimedia Commons.