Amiens Street

After Bloom helps Stephen off the pavement, he decides to take the barely conscious young man to a cabman's shelter some half a mile away, where the Loopline and Butt bridges cross the Liffey just west of the Custom House. But he wonders "how to get there," thinking that it would be "highly advisable to get a conveyance of some description which would answer in their then condition." He opts for walking over to Amiens Street (pronounced AIM-ee-uns), a broad thoroughfare where it might be possible to hail a cab. Finding none there, the two men walk down to where the street ends near the docks that used to lie on the east side of the Custom House. Then they take Store Street to Beresford Place, the crescent that wraps around the large building. The narrative notes many businesses and civic institutions along the way, in keeping with its habit of hovering close to the consciousness of Bloom.

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The route followed by Bloom and Stephen at the beginning of Eumaeus.
Source: Patrick Hastings, The Ulysses Guide.

Detail from a Bartholomew map giving a broader view that includes the two bridges and the dock at the base of Amiens Street. Source: David Pierce, James Joyce's Ireland.

The North Star Hotel in a photograph from the 1990s. Source: McCabe and Le Garsmeur, James Joyce: Reflections of Ireland.

Cleary's pub in a 2021 photograph taken from the east, through the intervening elevated train tracks. Source:

The interior of Cleary's pub. Source:

The train station in Amiens Street ca. 1890, in a photograph by Joshua H. Hargrave held in the National Library of Ireland. Source:

 Detail showing sites along Store Street more exactly than on map above: e = Dock Tavern, f = City Morgue and Coroner's Court, g = Police Station, C Division, h = Rourke's Bakery (i = Custom House, j = cabman's shelter). Source: Sam Slote et al, Annotations to James Joyce's Ulysses.

Entrance to the Coroner's Court on Store Street. Source:

Advertisement for James Rourke's City Bakery, date unknown.