Inish

When Bloom thinks, "Inishturk. Inishark. Inishboffin," he is probably recalling bits of his school learning to imagine the kinds of memorization drills that the boys in St. Joseph's are being put through. ("Fresh air helps memory. Or a lilt. Ahbeesee defeegee kelomen opeecue rustyouvee doubleyou.") His lilting list records the names of three small islands (inis means island in Irish) off the coasts of County Mayo and County Galway.

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Map of islands in County Mayo. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Inishturk Harbour in 2016, with Caher Island in background, photographed by Towel401. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Inishbofin Harbour in 2016, photographed by Towel401. Source: Wikimedia Commons.