Samuel A. Ossory Fitzpatrick
fl.1907 [Samuel Alexander Ossory Fitzpatrick]; author of Dublin:
A Historical and Topographical Account (1907) in the Ancient Cities series and the sole work of the author.
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Dublin: A Historical and Topographical Account of the City (London:
Methuen 1907), xv, 359pp., ill. William Curtis Green.
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Vincent Cheng, Finnegans Wake: All the Worlds a Stage, in James Joyces Finnegans Wake: A Casebook (NY: Garland Press 1991), pp.69-84.
James Fairhall, Joyce and the Question of History
(Cambridge UP 1993): the author calls Fitzpatrick an Anglo-Irishman
and goes on to cite a reference to the cowardly and purposeless
assassination of Mr Thomas H. Burke ... and Lord Frederick Cavendish ....
perpetrated within sight of the windows of the Viceregal Lodge (Fitzpatrick, op. cit., p.278), and also the account of the opening of Killiney
Park by Prince Albert and finally that of an electric tram system which
now renders Dublin in respect of communication second to no city
in Europe. (pp.63-66; adducing the foregoing to show that Joyces
picture of Dublin 1904 as paralysed is one-sided.)
19th century Dublin: The nineteenth century has added to
Dublin most of its parish churches, Protestant and Roman Catholic, has
seen the foundation of many more public institutions and some important
additions to its public buildings, the rebuilding and alteration of four
of the six previously existing bridges over the Liffey, and the erection
of four new ones, the completion of a new and magnificent water supply,
and the creation of a splendid system of internal communication. In addition,
numerous statues and other memorials have been erected in the leading
thoroughfares, the Phoenix Park has been laid out, and enriched with one
of the finest zoological gardens in Europe, and a very complete system
of main drainaing and electirc lighting practically completed. The construction
of railways has brought Dublin into direct communication with every provincial
centre, and the continuous growth of the suburbs and the erection of artisans
dwellings has raised considerably the standard of comfort of the middle
and lower classes. (Dublin: A Historical and Topographical Account [ ... &c.], London: Methuen 1907, p.279.)
NLI: The [National] library
is entered by a spacious vestibule in the form of a horseshoe, from which
a handsome double staircase leads to the lofty reading-room, also horseshoe-shaped,
measuring 72 feet by 63 feet, finely lit from the high domed roof. The
books and reference in common use are arranged in cases around the walls.
(Samuel A. O. Fitzpatrick, Dublin: A Historical and Topographical Account
of the City, NY 1907, p.332; cited in Andrew Holland, The Book
of Himself: The Shakespeare Theory in Ulysses and Its Significance
in the Life of James Joyce' here p.1.)