Nelson's Pillar

"Nelson's pillar" was an immense monument to Admiral Horatio Nelson in the middle of Sackville (or O'Connell) Street in the heart of downtown Dublin. Appearing first in Hades as the funeral cortège rolls by, it then figures prominently in Aeolus as the central dispatch point for Dublin's trams, and as the setting for Stephen's Parable of the Plums.

John Hunt 2015

Photograph of trams crossing O'Connell Bridge. Sackville (O'Connell) Street lies beyond the bridge, with the O'Connell monument in the center of the photograph and Nelson's Pillar at the far left. Source: photograph held in the archives of the National Library of Ireland, reproduced in Cyril Pearl's Dublin in Bloomtime.

Symbols used for some of the different Dublin tramlines, as published in a timetable in 1910. Source:

Early 20th century photograph of the General Post Office (left) and Nelson's Pillar. Source:

Flower sellers at the base of Nelson's Pillar, in a photograph taken ca. 1900. Source: