Holles Street hospital

In Hades Bloom thinks that a young medical student named Dixon who treated him at the Mater hospital has moved to "the lying-in hospital," and in Lestrygonians Josie Breen tells him that Mina Purefoy is in her third day of labor at the lying-in hospital "in Holles street." The establishment is not named until Oxen of the Sun, whose action takes place "in the commons' hall of the National Maternity Hospital, 29, 30 and 31 Holles street." In Ithaca, when Bloom and Stephen discuss places to meet in the future, this phrase is repeated verbatim. In addition to the NMH there were two other major Dublin hospitals dedicated to obstetrics and gynecology, a fact which elicits patriotic comment in Oxen of the Sun.

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The National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, in a photograph of unknown date. Source: allied.ie.

Inscription over the front door of the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street. Source: www.newstalk.com.

The Rotunda Maternity Hospital in a late 19th century photograph. Source: www.census.nationalarchives.ie.