Stage Irishman

In Circe, when Bloom sings verses of the song whose chorus syllables Corny Kelleher has altered to an Irish-sounding "Tooraloom," Paddy Leonard accuses him of playing the "Stage Irishman!" A little later in the chapter, after being burnt to a "carbonised" lump by the Inquisition, Bloom jumps back into life as just this figure: "(In caubeen with clay pipe stuck in the band, dusty brogues, an emigrant's red handkerchief bundle in his hand, leading a black bogoak pig by a sugaun, with a smile in his eye.)" The stage Irishman, often called Paddy, was a stereotypical theatrical figure: rural, poor, talkative, belligerent, drunken, and totally unreliable, but often funny and charming.

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  The Stage Irishman, ca. 1909 ink and watercolor drawing by Jack Butler Yeats that includes a clay pipe and many other common features, as well as a shillelagh. Source:

  The Stage Irishman, an 1870 print based on Boucicault's Arrah-na-Pogue, held in the New York Public Library. Source: