John Wyse Nolan's wife

Nosey Flynn's conspiratorial gossip about Bloom in Lestrygonians includes a recent sighting: "I met him the day before yesterday and he coming out of that Irish farm dairy John Wyse Nolan's wife has in Henry street with a jar of cream in his hand taking it home to his better half." The John Wyse Nolan of Ulysses is based on a real person, John Wyse Power, whose wife Jennie owned and ran a food business at 21 Henry Street. Both spouses were ardent nationalists, and in April 1916 seven members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood met in Jennie Power's establishment to sign the Proclamation of independence whose public reading several days later initiated the Easter Rising. It is quite possible that Bloom does more than purchase dairy products on Henry Street.

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Photographic portrait of Senator Wyse Power in the 1920s. Source:

Historical plaque in Baltinglass, commemorating the town's native daughter. Source:

Historical plaque at 21 Henry Street, commemorating the signing of the Proclamation in Jennie Wyse Nolan's shop. Source:

Jennie Wyse Power's grave in the Glasnevin cemetery. Source: