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  • I had delivered a paper at a college in Dublin earlier that day and by late afternoon my husband, son and I decided to play tourist and visit Dún Laoghaire where the Martello Tower (Tower #11) at Sandycove sits. This is where James Joyce had lived for a brief time and where the opening to Ulysses is set. The Tower as you might expect is fascinating--filled with Joycean tidbits, drawings, period furniture, and copies of the manuscript.

    Beyond the Tower sits Dublin Bay and close to the shore is Sandycove swimming area, a favorite haunt by the locals. It was late September when we visited and there was a bit of a chill in the air. However, the sun was bright and according to those with whom we spoke, the summer had been one long rainy affair. So it was not unusual then that many had wandered down to the coast and were taking in the sun or swimming.

    The tide was still out revealing lots of rocks to climb on and play among and as I took a break from mucking about, I looked up and noticed the trio opposite me.

    'Ordinary Angels,' I thought as the shutter closed.
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