The Liberties

The novel makes frequent references to "the liberties," a large area in the southwest part of central Dublin, and to streets in the area. In 1904 it was a blighted part of town whose tenement houses were crammed with the unemployed and destitute, prostitutes and criminals, middle-class citizens in danger of joining the underclass, and struggling immigrants.

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The Liberties, in SW central Dublin. Source: www.rudi.net.

Detail from a map of Dublin published in 1798, showing some of the streets mentioned in Ulysses. Source: dublin1798.com.