Day 02

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view from James Joyce Tower.

The morning started off with a nice Irish breakfast before we all loaded onto the bus and headed for the coast and the James Joyce Tower. This tower is one of many along the coastline and was originally built by the British to protect Ireland from Napoleon. However, one year later Napoleon was defeated at the battle of Trafalgar and thus never came to Ireland. The tower was used for a century--just in case, but eventually it was made available to rent by the public for the price of eight pounds a year. The man whom Joyce based his character Buck Mulligan upon was the one who had originally rented out the space. He wanted to have a place for a bunch of the non-snobular literary types to party and be all-around scene. He sent out an invitation to Joyce, who turned him down, but after getting kicked out of his own place, Joyce soon found himself knocking on the tower door.

James Joyce Tower
The two of them were joined by an uber-English dude who wanted to be Irish and things were like a bad sitcom until one fateful night. The Englishman was having a bad dream about a black panther sitting in the fireplace. Freaked out, he pulled a gun from beneath his bed and started firing wildly into the small room. Buck woke up took the gun and told his English chum that he would rid the tower of the animal and began to shoot at the pots above Joyce. Joyce took a hint and got out of the tower, never to return.

After learning about the history of the tower, we wondered around outside and spotted the 40 feet deep spot. One of the most famous open water bathing sights! And the sights here were…well…*cough*

Later that day I wandered about the Trinity college area, had lunch and bought a few gifts.

At three we headed off to the Guinness storehouse and had a pint up at the Gravity Bar.

After dinner we had a bit of a walk around town and sat by St. Stephen’s green to start on our journals.

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view from James Joyce Tower.
view from James Joyce Tower.
James Joyce Tower
James Joyce Tower
view from the top! Gravity Bar at …
view from the top! Gravity Bar at…
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