To Artane

The 1st section of Wandering Rocks, like the final one, depicts a long journey. At 2:55 PM the Reverend John Conmee looks at his watch and reflects that it is a good time to "walk to Artane," a northeastern suburb beyond Clontarf and Killester. This trip of well over two miles, only a bit more than half of which he will undertake on foot, leads to the O'Brien Institute for Destitute Children, which housed and fed orphan boys and gave them a Christian Brothers education. There, at the request of Martin Cunningham, the priest hopes to secure a place for Paddy Dignam's fatherless son by speaking to "Brother Swan," the Director of the institute.

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Bartholomew's 1900 map of Dublin, with Father Conmee's route to the O'Brien Institute superimposed in blue arrows. Source: Pierce, James Joyce's Ireland.

Trees flanking Mountjoy Square North, the street that runs along the northwest side of the park, in a 2019 photograph. Source: John Hunt.

The former Free Church on Great Charles Street, home in 2019 to the Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre. Source: John Hunt.

North Richmond Street seen from the North Circular Road in a 2019 photograph. Source: John Hunt.

The building that once housed the Asylum on Portland Row. Source: John Hunt.

Aldborough House in the 1940s, in a photograph posted in 2014 by BishopRick9. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Newcomen Bridge on the North Circular Road, and a lock on the Royal Canal. Source: buildingsofireland.ie.

Trams crossing the Annesley Bridge in 1898. Source: www.pinterest.com.

The O'Brien Institute and the Marino Casino, in a photograph held in the Lawrence Collection of the National Library of Ireland. Source: lawrencecollection.com.