"Irishtown" is a suburb that fronts Dublin Bay, south of the River Liffey and north of Sandymount. Its name dates to the 15th century, when the English rulers of Dublin became fearful of being outnumbered by natives and enacted statutes (consonant with the 1366 Statutes of Kilkenny) that banned Irish people from living within the city limits or doing business in the city past daylight hours. They built their own shabbier town outside the walls. "Strasburg terrace," where Stephen's "aunt Sara" (or "Sally") lives with her husband Richie Goulding and their children, is a distinctly un-posh patch of turf in Irishtown.

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Photograph of Strasburg Terrace in Irishtown by Patrick Healy, 13 August 1979, published on the Web by the South Dublin County Council. Source: source.southdublinlibraries.ie.