'The Tommy Moore Touch': Ireland and Modernity in Joyce and Moore

  title={'The Tommy Moore Touch': Ireland and Modernity in Joyce and Moore},
  author={Emer Nolan},
  journal={Dublin James Joyce Journal},
  pages={64 - 77}
  • Emer Nolan
  • Published 2 March 2012
  • Art
  • Dublin James Joyce Journal
In A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus expresses his disdain for Thomas Moore, author of the Irish Melodies and the most popular Irish writer of the nineteenth century. As he passes ‘the droll statue of the national poet of Ireland’ in College Green, Stephen remarks on the figure’s ‘servile head’, describing Moore as a ‘Firbolg in the borrowed cloak of a Milesian’ (P V.216–21).1 In Ulysses, Leopold Bloom sees the same statue and comments, with an ironic nod to one of the… 
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