Father Farley

In Lotus Eaters Bloom wishes he had asked Father John Conmee for help getting Molly into a church choir "instead of that Father Farley." Here as almost everywhere in Ulysses, Joyce had a real person in mind. Charles Farley was a Jesuit priest at the church of St. Francis Xavier where Conmee was the superior. He comes up later in the novel as someone who is suspicious of Bloom's Catholic bona fides.

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Ca. 1910 photograph of the Reverend Charles Farley, SJ, held in the Irish Jesuit Archive. Source: Igoe, The Real People of Joyce's Ulysses.