James Joyce Statue
This life-size bronze, crafted by Marjorie Fitzgibbon, was installed in 1990 and commemorates one of the giants of 20th century literature. James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882 and by 1904, with only two more short visits to Dublin, was a self-imposed exile in Europe variously settling in Italy, France and Switzerland. His most acclaimed book, Ulysses, captures, hour-by-hour, the lives of people and the scenes on Dublin’s streets over a period of just one day, June 16, 1904. Now every year, on the same date, droves of people, many in period costume, follow in the footsteps of the main character, Leopold Bloom, through the streets of the city and visit the pubs and hotels associated with the novel. Joyce died in 1941 and is buried in Zurich.