Alec Bannon

Ulysses keeps its readers waiting for hundreds of pages to see if Bloom will cross paths with co-protagonist Stephen Dedalus, a young man in whom he takes a paternal interest on June 16. For much lower stakes, it also shows him becoming aware of one Alec Bannon, a young man who has shown a romantic interest in his daughter Milly, and here too the book raises the possibility of a meeting. Bannon probably had a real-life model, though identifying him has proved difficult.

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Houses in Portloman, just west of Lough Owel. Source:

Lough Owel seen from Portloman. Source:

The Portloman cemetery. Source: