Sandymount trams

In Brief

The catalogue of tram destinations at the beginning of Aeolus includes both "Sandymount Green" and "Sandymount Tower." Situated only a few minutes' walk from one another in Sandymount, a residential suburb on Dublin's near southeastern fringe, they nevertheless lay on different routes in the tram system of 1904.

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Sandymount Green is a small triangular park in the center of the suburb, on the site of the original village which was called Brickfield Town. In Nausicaa, which takes place on Sandymount Strand, mention is made of a man who lives near the Green: "And Gerty, rapt in thought, scarce saw or heard her companions or the twins at their boyish gambols or the gentleman off Sandymount green that Cissy Caffrey called the man that was so like himself passing along the strand taking a short walk."

Another tram terminated at "the Martello tower," also mentioned in Nausicaa, about half a mile south and east of the Green on Sandymount strand. This structure should not be confused with the very similar Martello tower at Sandycove where Stephen and Mulligan are living, several miles farther down the coast.

Gifford observes that "Many of the final destinations were near one another (as Sandymount green and tower), but the trams followed different routes in a system that in 1904 was regarded as the most efficient and 'modern' in Europe" (128).

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Tram at Sandymount Green, bound for Nelson's Pillar in central Dublin. Source: archives of the National Library of Ireland. Reproduced in Cyril Pearl, Dublin in Bloomtime (Viking, 1969).
Tram stopped at the Martello tower in Sandymount. Source: archives of the National Library of Ireland. Reproduced in Cyril Pearl, Dublin in Bloomtime (Viking, 1969).