Wednesday 21 November 2018

Charles Haughey as friend of Leopold Bloom

Published at the birth of the Irish State in 1922, Ulysses portrays, amongst the tumult of Dublin life on June 16th 1904, the funeral of one of its citizens. He is very pointedly named Paddy Dignam, Joyce's ironic sideswipe at the 'dignified Irishman'. By design it is a day like all others - a day on which a family man and friend is laid to rest and his mourners scatter throug

Published at the birth of the Irish State in 1922, Ulysses portrays, amongst the tumult of Dublin life on June 16th 1904, the funeral of one of its citizens. He is very pointedly named Paddy Dignam, Joyce's ironic sideswipe at the 'dignified Irishman'. By design it is a day like all others - a day on which a family man and friend is laid to rest and his mourners scatter throughout the city. CONOR FARNAN, SKRYNE, TARA, CO MEATH * Senator Norris was right to voice his opinion against the cancelation of Bloomsday events. Charles Haughey would have preferred the festivities to go ahead, as it is well known he was a patron of the arts throughout his life. The greatest mark of respect would not to have cancelled events but to draw a parallel between his own funeral and that of Bloom's friend, Dignam in Ulysses. Some might argue that such was his contribution, he could be considered to be Bloom's friend. CATHAL MELINN, LONGFORD TERRACE, MONKSTOWN, CO DUBLIN * Charles Haughey's death on W B Yeats's birthday, June 13, put a damper on that celebration, then caused Joyce's Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin to be cancelled; all will be forgiven if he outdoes Dev's 1977 miracle by returning Fiannan Fail to single party government in 2007. No doubt, when this occurs he will beat John Paul ll to sainthood. DECLAN FOLEY, SAMUEL CLOSE, BERWICK, AUSTRALIA * Ciaran Masterson claims that Britain was a "liberal democracy" in 1922. Would a liberal democracy use scum like the Black and Tans to enforce the law? And how would he describe Britain's treatment of Catholics in the Six Counties? KEVIN DUFFY, NEW YORK CITY

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