Hoardings

In Lotus Eaters Bloom stands at the corner of Westland Row and Great Brunswick Street, "his eyes wandering over the multicoloured hoardings," and in Wandering Rocks the image of Eugene Stratton looks out "From the hoardings." This word, unknown in America, is still commonly used in the U.K. and in Ireland. It can refer either to temporary board screens around building sites or to large boards holding ads ("billboards" in U.S. parlance). Perhaps there is some construction fencing at these two sites, but it seems more likely that Joyce is referring to the walls of buildings, many of which were covered with posters in 1904.

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  Source: Cyril Pearl, Dublin in Bloomtime.