Policemen in 1904 Dublin were large human beings, at least by the standards of the day. Several chapters of Ulysses comment sardonically on these towering hulks entrusted with maintaining public order. In Circe, trying to curry favor with two constables, Bloom praises the "Metropolitan police, guardians of our homes, the pluckiest lads and the finest body of men, as physique, in the service of our sovereign."

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Photograph ca. 1897-1904 of a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police on Eden Quay. Source:

Humorous colorized postcard from 1908 showing "One of the 'Giant' police" on O'Connell Street. Source: