Today on Bloomsday I salute my grandmother's brother, John Wyse Power, or John Wyse Nolan as he is known on 16 June 1904 in James Joyce's Ulysses. He is one of a group who visit the wine rooms of James Kavanagh during the progress of the viceregal cavalcade. He is a staunch nationalist with a hatred of the British establishment, as evidenced by his cold contemptuous stare at the viceregal cavalcade. He turns up at Barney Kiernan's with news of a meeting in the City Hall about the Irish language and expresses strong patriotic views in his conversations.
"Which of you had the twins?"
From 'The Gates Flew Open' by Peadar O'Donnell (Jonathan Cape, 1932).
Paudeen O'Keeffe was a restless little man with a fine pair of eyes and a waspish tongue. He came to us first in civils and was rather accepted as part of the queer trappings in the early jail days. I don't remember him figuring in anything in 'D' wing and indeed I didn't give him any special attention in the early days in 'C'. I first noticed him the night we decided to parade all our men for count. We had got fed up keeping two men hidden for it meant considerable inconvenience. Paudeen that night came in smartly as usual- he was now wearing the uniform of a captain in the Free State Army; he counted quickly, jotted down the number and hung on his stride; two men too many was nothing serious and he probably felt he had just counted an extra file. But he went back and counted again, this time more slowly; a third time he counted, saying the numbers out loud and then he wheeled around and faced Cooney. They were rather a contrast, for Paudeen O'Keeffe is about five feet seven inches and Andy Cooney must be six foot one. 'Jasus, Cooney', Paudeen explained, 'Which of you had the twins?'