Allusions to Eccles Street in Ulysses.

[Source: Bodley Head Edn. 1960.]

[ Note: Eccles Street, Dublin, is the setting of the first epiphany as narrated in Stephen Hero - and afterwards the abode of Leopold Bloom in Ulysses. It is probably remembered in the phrase ‘Feast of Taborneccles’ in Finnegans Wake (612). ]

As they turned into Berkeley street a streetorgan near the Basin sent over and after them a rollicking rattling song of the halls. [] The Mater Misericordiae. Eccles street. My house down there.


Corny Kelleher sped a silent jet of hayjuice arching from his mouth while a generous white arm from a window in Eccles street flung forth a coin.

(“Wandering Rocks”)

A onelegged sailor crutched himself round MacConnell’s corner, skirting Rabaiotti’s icecream car, and jerked himself up Eccles street. Towards Larry O’Rourke, in shirtsleeves in his doorway, he growled unamiably.
A card Unfurnished Apartments reappeared on the windowsash of number 7 Eccles street .

(“Wandering Rocks”)

To be short this passage was scarce by when Master Dixon of Mary in Eccles, goodly grinning, asked young Stephen what was the reason why he had not cided to take friar’s vows and he answered him obedience in the womb, chastity in the tomb but involuntary poverty all his days.


BLOOM: Gentleman of the jury, let me explain. [] I am being made a scapegoat of. I am a respectable married man, without a stain on my character. I live in Eccles street [...]


BELLO: What else are you good for, an impotent thing like you? [] Can you do a man’s job?
BLOOM: Eccles Street.
BELLO: (Sarcastically.) I wouldn’t hurt your feelings for the world but there’s a man of brawn in possession there. The tables are turned, my gay young fellow! [] Wait for nine months, my lad!


What action did Bloom make on their arrival at their destination?
At the housesteps of the 4th of the equidifferent uneven numbers, number 7 Eccles street, he inserted his hand mechanically into the back pocket of his trousers to obtain his latchkey.

(“Ithaca ”)

What public advertisement would divulge the occultation of the departed?
£s reward lost, stolen or strayed from his residence 7 Eccles street, missing gent about 40, answering to the name of Bloom, Leopold (Poldy), height 5 ft 9 inches, full build, olive complexion, may have since grown a beard, when last seen was wearing a black suit. Above sum will be paid for information leading to his discovery.

(“Ithaca ”)

See also eccles- (i.e., ecclesia/church)

The proud potent titles clanged over Stephen’s memory the triumph of their brazen bells: et unam sanctam catholicam et apostolicam ecclesiam: the slow growth and change of rite and dogma like his own rare thoughts, a chemistry of stars.


[] regarding the juridical and theological dilemma in the event of one Siamese twin predeceasing the other, [] he [Stephen] delivered briefly, and as some thought perfunctorily, the ecclesiastical ordinance forbidding man to put asunder what God has joined.

(“Wandering Rocks”)

Note also simple adjectival use as in ‘ecclesiastical celibacy [RC]’, ‘ecclesiastical rites in ghetto’ & ‘ecclesiastical clocks.’

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