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 very far away. It stands just beyond the prosperous seaside community of Bray where Stephen grew up, and where Molly and Bloom once took a small boat out on the waves.

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Beach promenade at Bray. Source: John F. Finerty, Ireland in Pictures (1898).

2011 photograph by Patrick Comerford of the eight row houses of Martello Terrace at the north end of the Bray beach. The Joyces lived in the yellow house at the end nearest the water. Source:

2019 photograph of the Bray beach promenade from the top of Bray Head. Source: John Hunt.