Tuesday 20 March 2018

Buck stops here

• What would Stately Plump Buck Mulligan say to the news that his old resting place and standout cultural (and tourist) icon, the James Joyce Tower in Sandycove, is currently closed to the public for the rest of the summer, having only opened for one week (around Bloomsday), in the aftermath of Failte Ireland taking over the running of the tower from now-defunct Dublin Tourism.

Merging the functions of two state bodies certainly hasn't been a winner for the arts sector (or the tourism sector) here! It is particularly inopportune timing, given that this year is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the tower by the brave 'Ulysses' publisher Sylvia Beach, in 1962.

I'm sure Buck would have a lot to say and mostly in the vernacular, with talk of "poxy bowsies" and "s**** and onions" (okay, so I borrowed that one from Simon Daedalus) and suchlike.

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