Crossing Dublin, Passing Pubs

In my last post I spoke about what it was like presenting at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. My research area was way too massive to cover in one blog post without doing it justice (whose isn't?!) so today I just want to very briefly cover the history of the illustration I spoke about.

kallwijts map from nuala husseys blog post

The meaning of Kallwejtโ€™s illustration (above) is not โ€œpredominantly derived from the objects within the frameโ€ as Sturken & Cartwright would put it. The concept of crossing Dublin without passing a pub is originally found in Ulysses by James Joyce.  The book has had a large role to play in the heritage of Dublin. In Literary Trails, Urban Space and the Actualization of Heritage, Saretzki explicitly mentions Dublin as a town with extensive literary repute.

Bloomsday, the celebration of โ€œall things James Joyceโ€ began in 1954 when a group of fans went on a journey following the events of book. The celebrations continued to be organised in spite of the establishment, as it went against the ideology of Irish society at the time โ€“ evidenced by the film adaptation receiving the longest film ban in Irish history. By the 100th anniversary of the plot in 2004, this was no longer the case, and the Irish establishment were well imbedded as marketers of the celebration, having arguably appropriated it from the original organisers and attendees.


In 2011, with the advances in software engineering in relation to cartography, Rory McCann published the first pub-free route across Dublin in time for Bloomsday. Within a few days this was picked up in both British and Irish press.

It is McCann's research & route that Kallwejt refers to in the 2014 How to Cross Dublin Without Passing a Pub illustration.