It IS possible to cross Dublin without passing a pub

James Joyce poser on Dublin pubs

A computer programmer has managed to solve a puzzle that has had Irish literature fans stumped for nearly 100 years.

James Joyce poser on Dublin pubs

The question of how to cross Dublin without passing a pub was first posed by Leopold Bloom in the classic James Joyce novel Ulysses.
Computer whiz Rory McCann has managed to find a route from east to west Dublin with no Irish boozer in sight.

He told the Irish Independent: “It was something I’d been aware of and because I’m a computer programmer and heavily involved in Open Street Map I thought I’d have a stab at it.

“It’s the kind of thing you can solve with computers, so it took me a few weeks on and off in my spare time, but I had to develop a piece of software first. Once I had the software it only took me 10 minutes to solve.”

It proved impossible even for 30-year-old McCann to find a route with absolutely no alcohol on sale. His final route takes in the Guinness factory.

He said: “On it you have to walk past the corner of the Guinness brewery and people took issue with that, but you don’t go near the entrance and even at that it’s not like you can walk up and knock on the gate on the quays and ask for a pint.”

It is unlikely that anybody visiting Dublin would want to cross the city without passing a pub so people wanting a drink could take any route other than the one McCann has discovered.

Map – How to cross Dublin without passing a pub

How to cross Dublin without passing a pub James Joyce


More popular articles and videos

The real life mystery of what Maureen O’Hara whispered to make John Wayne look so shocked

Meghan Markle can trace her family tree back to Ireland


Matt Damon winning hearts and minds with charm assault on Ireland

Cork trio showcase Irish dancing in all its glory


Action hero Tom Cruise was once attacked by an old man in a Kerry pub

Celebrate with the top 10 Irish recipes




Liam Neeson speaks about his late wife in emotional interview

Dating site explains why Irish men make wonderful husband material

How to become an Irish citizen


Billy Connolly says public should ignore politicians and listen to comedians


Take a look inside Hollywood star Saoirse Ronan’s stunning Irish home





[includeme file=”wp-content/plugins/include-me/videos.html”]