Royal Dublins

The "Royal Dublin Fusiliers," or "Royal Dublins," were an Irish infantry regiment of the British army from 1881 until the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922. Molly Bloom's father, identified in Oxen of the Sun as "a gallant major" and in Ithaca as "Major Brian Cooper Tweedy, Royal Dublin Fusiliers" (though he may have been only a sergeant-major), served in this regiment in the 2nd Battalion stationed in Gibraltar. After his time, the regiment sent both of its regular battalions to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War from 1899 to 1902.

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Detail from 1902 English postcard showing Royal Dublins in dress uniform. The man on the left is a sergeant. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

1899 photograph, held in the Imperial War Museum, London, of Royal Dublins defending a fortification in the Second Boer War. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Fusiliers' Arch (dubbed Traitors' Gate by Dublin nationalists) on St. Stephen's Green, commemorating RDF soldiers killed in the Second Boer War, photographed by Thorsten Pohl Thpohl in 2003. Source: Wikimedia Commons.