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"LEO DALY, who has died aged 90, was a writer, broadcaster, local historian and photographer. He described himself as a 'handyman of letters,' as distinct from any class of specialist, and was the author of James Joyce and the Mullingar Connection. Published by the Dolmen Press in 1975, the book was inspired by Joyce's visit to Mullingar while his father was engaged in clearing up irregularities in the electoral register for the area in 1900 and 1901.

"Joyce drew on his knowledge of Mullingar in his work. Molly Bloom's daughter Milly is depicted working for a local photographer, while in Stephen Hero the protagonist whiles away some time counting the buttons in the barmaid's blouse at the Greville Arms hotel. And the Hill of Uisneach, a Westmeath landmark, features in Finnegans Wake.

"Daly's book put Mullingar on the Joycean map for which its author received little by way of thanks. After a wax figure of Joyce was unveiled in the Greville Arms to mark the author's centenary in 1982, Daly was publicly berated by one resident for bringing 'that pornographer' to the town."

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7 August 2010
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Publication:Irish Literary Supplement
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Date:Mar 22, 2011
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