Dunphy's Corner

Dunphy's Corner

In Brief

"Dunphy's" is a pub once owned by Thomas Dunphy, also referred to as "Dunphy's corner" because it sits at the intersection of the North Circular Road and the Phibsborough Road. Turning north toward the Royal Canal, the procession hangs a right onto Phibsborough at this corner, prompting reminiscence of the time a hearse overturned making the turn and spilled its contents onto the pavement.

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In addition to the gruesome thoughts elicited by this memory, Simon Dedalus thinks of car races navigating urban corners: "First round Dunphy's, Mr Dedalus said, nodding. Gordon Bennett cup." And Bloom thinks sardonically of the pub's convenient proximity to the cemetery: "Dunphy's corner. Mourning coaches drawn up, drowning their grief. A pause by the wayside. Tiptop position for a pub. Expect we'll pull up here on the way back to drink his health. Pass round the consolation. Elixir of life."

According to Thom's, in 1904 the pub was owned by John Doyle. In 1907 Doyle rebuilt the establishment and named it after himself. It remains "Doyle's" or "Doyle's Corner" to this day.

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Doyle's today, in a photo from ratemyarea.com. Source: Gareth Collins.