There is no substitute for reading the works of James Joyce. There are a host of books to help you interpret the works of James Joyce, many excellent in themselves, but there is no substitute for reading the actual books, and running and re-reading, continually.


When you are fit and used to running, you can spend your time thinking about what you are experiencing, rather than the act of running itself. So I run a variety of different routes for general fitness, only uploading those that relate to my Joyce observations.

Mapping the Running

I use the Runkeeper app to track all of my runs. I find it excellent and very easy to use. If you want to see the routes in detail you can click on the links in each blog, but you may need to register a free run keeper account, which you can at

Runkeeper works well in getting information about the general route. Distance, general mapping and directions, elevation etc. But it is not accurate enough to be able to be used to check distances in such detail to allow you to guarantee a measurement, which is needed if you are developing a running race route.

To map the detailed 21k routes  I use and You can set up a free account and see detailed run notes on either.

Reading Research

I use a Kindle and iBooks. Both can be used on a smartphone and online.

I do not use them for reading the works, rather for checking references that I half remember and then can quickly find before I double-check in the actual books. They are both easily searchable. You could thumb your way through Finnegans Wake looking for the word Grangegorman, but it could take some time.

Most of the major Joyce works are available free or for a nominal amount on iBooks and Kindle. But there are numerous textual inaccuracies in the texts. By way of example, one of my iBooks is titled Finnegan’s Wake. So whilst I sometimes copy large sections of text from these resources I thoroughly check and edit them, cross-referenced to the printed books.

Listening to Joyce

As well as physical copies of the works and the Kindle, I also have DublinersThe Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses on CD. All are brilliantly read by Jim Norton, with Marcella Riordan reading the part of Molly Bloom in Ulysses. I don’t like abridged audiobooks so I have resisted the temptation to get their version of Finnegans Wake. But as the book was originally published in sections, I will get most likely get the CD.

I have the CD’s uploaded on my iTunes account. Typically I listen to them when mowing the lawn or driving long road distances.

I have finally caught up with all of the episodes on Frank Delaney’s Re: Joyce podcasts. These are excellent. Unfortunately due to the death of Frank Delaney they abruptly stop. Hopefully, someone will carry them on. I have a copy of Ulysses on my iPhone and I listen and read in sync. when commuting on bus tram or aeroplane. I tried to just listen to the podcasts when driving, but it is impossible, particularly with the dense texts of Scylla and Charybdis from Ulysses.

Online Mapping

Online mapping is a great resource and I regularly use Google Maps with Satellite View and Street View.

Historical and current mapping is available on the Ordnance Survey Ireland Website here. I use this very regularly. You can zoom in on a part of Dublin and you can compare current Dublin layouts with historical mapping. Typically I refer to the Historic 25″ Map and by using the Overlay Off slider I can compare the past to the present. The online OSi 25″ mapping historical mapping dates from 1897 to 1913, ideal for looking at the Dublin City layout when Joyce’s works were written.

Online Guides

There are numerous online guides to help explain Joyce’s writings. is simply staggering. You can click on words and phrases to find the meanings behind the language in Finnegans Wake. You can access it here

For Ulysses I look at The interface is very simple and you could actually read the book on it. Links are highlighted in yellow and bring up text and video to help explain the narrative. The link can be accessed here


The Dublin City Library on Pearse Street, Dublin 2, has an excellent set of Thom’s directories and original printed maps. The annual Thom’s directories list all of the addresses in Dublin in the year of publication. Joyce used them in writing Ulysses and he also used a printed map of the City.

Hardware and Software

I use an iPhone when mapping my runs and a Mac Book or iMac when editing. I recently changed all of the screenshots of the running routes. The screenshot sizes are 2880×1800. This creates larger files but when you click on an image in a blog post, a more detailed map expands.

The blog is written in WordPress, the basics of which I taught myself to use pretty easily. I continually play with technology and test various apps and software packages regularly.


I read a number of books related to the runs and writings and these are listed in the Bibliography. I use a number of websites and these will be documented separately.

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