The Ghost Signs of James Joyce’s Ulysses | Dublin Ghost Signs

Mentioned not once, but twice in James Joyce’s Ulysses, The Confectioner’s Hall on O’Connell Street is referred to as Graham Lemon’s at the beginning of Episode 8 – Lestrygonians:

“Pineapple rock, lemon platt, butter scotch. A sugarsticky girl shovelling scoopfuls of creams for a christian brother. Some school treat. Bad for their tummies. Lozenge and comfit manufacturer to His Majesty the King. God. Save. Our. Sitting on his throne sucking red jujubes white.

A sombre Y.M.C.A. young man, watchful among the warm sweet fumes of Graham Lemon‘s, placed a throwaway in a hand of Mr Bloom.”

The Confectioner's Hall | Dublin Ghost Signs

and in Episode 11 – Sirens:

“By Graham Lemon‘s pineapple rock, by Elvery’s elephant jingly jogged.”

Above, we also see a mention of Elvery’s elephant, the story of which is detailed in Antonia Hart’s Ghost Signs of Dublin book. In Bloom’s time, the elephant would have resided on a plinth above what is now Supermacs on O’Connell Street. (Irish Times article, 15 Nnovember 2014)

Elvery’s Elephant House receives a mention earlier in Ulysses in Episode 6 – Hades:

“A tall blackbearded figure, bent on a stick, stumping round the corner of Elvery’s Elephant house, showed them a curved hand open on his spine.”

Another link to one of Dublin’s ghost signs from the pages of Ulysses is a mention of Youkstetter‘s butcher’s in Episode 10 – Wandering Rocks:

“In Youkstetter‘s, the porkbutcher’s, Father Conmee observed pig’s puddings, white and black and red, lie neatly curled in tubes.”

Youkstetter | Dublin Ghost Signs
Youkstetter in Drumcondra. In Joyces time, there were a number of Youkstetter outlets in the city.

Can you think of any other signs around the city which were mentioned in Ulysses? Leave suggestions in the comments below.

2015 post on the ghost signs of James Joyce’s Ulysses

Last year, we posted the first Dublin Ghost Signs of Ulysses post – you can read the full post by clicking here or just read the start of it:

One of the most iconic ghost signs in Dublin is that of Finn’s Hotel on South Leinster Street, home of the infamous first meeting of James Joyce and Nora Barnacle in June 1904. Nora Barnacle worked as a chambermaid in Finn’s Hotel.  Joyce and Barnacle had their first date on 16 June 1904. This subsequently was the day on which Ulysses was set and is now celebrated annually as “Bloomsday”.


Another of the Dublin ghost signs which features in Ulysses is “The Ormond Hotel“, the setting of Episode 11 – Sirens…. (click here to read the rest of this post)

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