Davy Byrne's

A Dublin institution to this day, in part because the fictional Leopold Bloom eats lunch there in Lestrygonians, "Davy Byrne's" is a public house on Duke Street in the prosperous southeastern part of the central city. Bloom thinks of it as a "Moral pub," because of the character of the eponymous proprietor and the benign environment he has created. Joyce may possibly have intended a polemical edge to this phrase, since there is evidence that Byrne was gay and that his pub may have served as a hangout for gay men during his lifetime.

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 2011 photograph by Andrew Becraft of the Davy Byrnes pub (the signs have no apostrophe) on Duke Street. Source: www.flickr.com.

2019 photograph of Robin Buck's bronze plaque set in the bricks of the seating area outside Davy Byrne's. Source: John Hunt.

Tombstone in the Glasnevin cemetery commemorating both David Byrne (d. 1938) and "his friend Thomas Campbell" (d. 1927). Source: Senan Molony.

Davy Byrne in the early 1920s, as sketched in an early 1940s mural by Cecil Ffrench Salkeld (Brendan Behan's father-in-law) on a wall of Davy Byrne's pub. Source: Vivien Igoe, The Real People of Joyce's Ulysses.

In Davy's Parlour Snug: Self Portrait with Davy Byrne and Martin Murphy, oil on board painting by Harry Kernoff from the mid-1930s. Kernoff is on the left in Trilby hat and glasses, Byrne in the middle with top hat and glasses, and Murphy (a theatrical set designer) on the right in Irish cap. Source: www.artnet.com.