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Killiney History | December 10, 2022

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Ulysses-the Killiney connection…

Ulysses-the Killiney connection…
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2022 | author

A chat in Davy Byrne’s

Leopold Bloom and Nosey Flynn having a chat in Davy Byrne’s pub. Bloom says:

“Wouldn’t mind being a waiter in a swell hotel. Tips, evening dress, halfnaked ladies. May I tempt you to a little more filleted lemon sole, miss Dubedat? Yes, do bedad. And she did bedad. Huguenot name I expect that. A miss Dubedat lived in Killiney, I remember. Du, de la, French”.

The Huguenot DuBedat family did indeed live in Killiney. The disgraced stockbroker baron Francis DuBedat married Rosie Waterhouse and they lived in Glenalua Lodge on Glenalua Road from 1872 to 1889. Their first child Rosa Elizabeth was born in 1879. A son Samuel Swinburne followed in 1880 and another daughter Mary Rosa in 1883 completed the family. They moved into Frankfort (Kenah Hill on St. George’s Avenue) just before his dramatic bankruptcy and flight to South Africa.

Rosie DuBedat was living in Wilmount, off Glenalua Road in 1900.

Page from Maria Wootton’s book ‘The Dubedat Story‘ 1999