From Hades onward, the novel makes seemingly countless references to "the corporation" and its members. Dublin Corporation was the name applied collectively to a strong-council (i.e., weak-mayor) city government composed of three kinds of elected officials: "councillor," "alderman," and "lord mayor." These officials, their committees, and many of the bureaus that administered their policies were housed in City Hall, a striking 18th century building which stands just off Dame Street in the heart of central Dublin, near Dublin Castle.

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Dublin City Hall as seen from Lord Edward Street in 2016, photographed by David Dixon. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The "gingerbread carriage," a.k.a. the Lord Mayor's coach, in a recent photograph. Source: www.dublincity.ie.

Lord Mayor Nial Ring, with the Chain of Office, at a Dublin footrace in 2018. Source: twitter.com.

Cartoon portrayal by Thomas Fitzpatrick of The Right Honourable Joseph Hutchinson, Lord Mayor, published in the Lepracaun in 1905, copy held in the Dublin City Library and Archive. Source: digital.libraries.dublincity.ie.

Irish politician Timothy Harrington in 1894, from the Black & White Parliamentary Album 1895. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

View of the Royal Exchange in 1792, in one of James Malton's 25 aquatint etched prints titled Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin. Source: Wikimedia Commons.