County Leitrim

In Calypso Bloom imagines young publicans-to-be "Coming up redheaded curates from the county Leitrim, rinsing empties and old man in the cellar." The picture is of rustics scraping by in the big city, doing menial labor and possibly swilling leftover beer or selling it to customers. Later in the novel he mentions the chief town in this out-of-the way county, "Carrick-on-Shannon," as a kind of quintessentially Irish place far removed from exotic foreignness.

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The 32 counties of Ireland. Source: