The Coombe

The novel contains a number of references to "the Coombe," a decayed part of the Liberties section of southwestern Dublin centered on a prominent street of the same name. Gifford notes that "It was once a fashionable and thriving quarter of the city," but in 1904 it contained many tenements, and nearly all of the book's references evoke grinding poverty.

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A tenement room in the Coombe in 1913. Source: www.census.nationalarchives.ie.

The street called The Coombe highlighted on Leo Knuth's simplified schematic map of Dublin. Source: Hart and Knuth, A Topographical Guide to Ulysses.