Jun
6
Jun 17

Dubliners Women (6 - 17 June)

  • Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Powerscourt Centre
 

After a successful run in December 2016, Sarah Baxter’s Dubliners Women returns to the stage for this year’s Bloomsday Festival. An immersive dive into the hidden worlds of ‘Eveline’, ‘Clay’ and ‘The Boarding House’, three short stories from Joyce’s world-renowned collection Dubliners, this show shines a light on the female narratives in the stories and their resonances with the Ireland of today.

Adapted by Katie O'Kelly

Directed by Sarah Baxter

Cast

Madi O'Carroll, Katie O'Kelly and Gordon Quigley

Costume Design - Barbara McCarthy

Lighting Design - Cathy O'Carroll

Stage Manager - Céin Sookram

Producer - Clara Purcell

Graphic Design - Conor Gallagher

"[This] production of three of Joyce's Dubliners is a credit to the great man..."

"...A delicate, balanced and wistful evening of theatre"

"...[Joyce] would have felt his immortal stories well served by this production, lit as well as it is directed and played"

- THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

 
Jun
11
11:00 am11:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Tour - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his major work. On this stroll around the north inner city, our guide will explain the real-life inspiration behind some of Joyce's most celebrated writing and will show just how central the streetscape of the 'Hibernian Metropolis' is to the author's life and art. The tour visits stops like Joyce's alma mater Belvedere College; Hardwicke Street, the setting for the short story 'The Boarding House'; the Gresham Hotel, the setting of the final and most memorable scene of the short story 'the Dead'; and the James Joyce Statue on North Earl Street. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in literature, No. 7 Eccles Street, and retraces the steps of Leopold Bloom's celebrated journey to buy a pork kidney in the fourth episode of Ulysses. 

 
Jun
11
2:00 pm14:00

James Joyce & the Irish Literary Revival Tour - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 
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James Joyce grew up in a Dublin where politics, art and culture were intrinsic parts of everyday life and conversation. Nationalism was on the rise and, in the world of literature, artists were engaging with ideas of Irish identity, experience and consciousness in what was known as the Irish Literary Revival. Joyce was certainly influenced by these themes, but his relationship with his peers and his nation proved to be complex. Join us on a tour that explores how Joyce took inspiration from Revivalists like WB Yeats while also rejecting contemporary artistic trends. We'll also look at Joyce's critical approach to his native city and the factors that led to his decision to live out his life in Continental Europe. Stops on the tour include the GPO, the Abbey Theatre and the National Library.

 
Jun
11
2:00 pm14:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

  • Dublin Castle (Palace St. Entrance)
 

Food is everywhere in Joyce’s Ulysses, whether it’s Bloom’s pork kidney breakfast, his lunch of gorgonzola and burgundy in Davy Byrne’s pub or the potato he carries in his pocket as a talisman of his Irish mother. Through its focus on the body and its natural processes, the novel constantly reminds us of the significance of food in our lives; at one point, Bloom even makes the lofty claim that ‘peace and war depend on some fellow’s digestion’! Food has also become central to Bloomsday celebrations over the years, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with Irish Food Trail this year to bring you the Joyce of Food, a three hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You’ll be brought around to 3 traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who’ll fill in the gaps between stops with a walking tour through the streets of the city providing history, fun facts and recommendations. Each restaurant will provide a different course inspired by Joyce’s work accompanied by a reading of the excerpt from Ulysses to which it relates. You’ll enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry!

 
Jun
11
3:00 pm15:00

Ulysses: A Visual Schema by James MacDonnell - Talk & Exhibition Launch

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Shortly before the publication of Ulysses in 1922, Joyce created two schema for the novel to provide a guide to its structure for his friends Stuart Gilbert and Carlo Linati. These guides, though each unique, break the eighteen episodes down by way of their Homeric parallels, timeframe, narrative technique and other distinct features such as dominant colour and bodily organs.

Inspired by the Linati and Gibert Schemata, designer James MacDonnell has created a new ‘visual schema’ for the book. Developing a unique graphical system to represent each episode, MacDonnell’s prints combine to represent a visual representation of the text and present a minimalist interpretation for Joyce’s Ulysses that dispenses with the need for explanatory text or illustrations.

The artist will be joined by acclaimed Irish Joyce scholar Terence Killeen to discuss the value of the Gilbert and Linati Schemata, and how Joyce’s methodical approach to the structure lends itself to a purely visual language.

 
Jun
11
6:00 pm18:00

Joycean Pub Crawl (11 June) - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Dublin is renowned for its pub culture and, fittingly, Joyce captured a little bit of that culture in the pages of Ulysses. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in public houses, whether it’s the famous lunch enjoyed by Bloom in Davy Byrne’s, the musical interlude in the bar of the old Ormond Hotel in the ‘Sirens’ episode or the run-in with the nationalistic Citizen in Barney Kiernan’s of Little Britain Street. So what better way to discuss Joyce than over a few pints of plain?

Join our guide on a tour to some of Dublin's best-loved pubs and learn all about the life and times of the author in the establishments that inspired his work. You'll take in bars like the Gresham Hotel, Mulligan's and of course Davy Byrne's, where Leopold Bloom takes his lunch with a tipple. You’ll have fun, make friends, learn something and most likely forget it again before morning!

 
Jun
12
11:00 am11:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Tour - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

The 'Lestrygonians' episode of Ulysses sees Leopold Bloom make his way through the city centre on his way from Middle Abbey Street to the National Library. As he begins to feel the rumblings of hunger, his thoughts become centred on the social, political cultural and religious significance of food; as he goes on to think, food underlies all relations to the extent that 'peace and war depend on some fellow's digestion'. Bloom's musings on the importance of food are mixed with a commentary on the architecture that surrounds him, emphasising Dublin's position as a colonial city. Join our guide as we follow in Bloom's footsteps and discuss these thoughts, focusing on Joyce's effort to bring the unsavoury workings of the body into a work of art and use food as the basis of a political and social commentary.

 
Jun
12
2:00 pm14:00

James Joyce & the Irish Literary Revival Tour

  • James Joyce Centre
 

James Joyce grew up in a Dublin where politics, art and culture were intrinsic parts of everyday life and conversation. Nationalism was on the rise and, in the world of literature, artists were engaging with ideas of Irish identity, experience and consciousness in what was known as the Irish Literary Revival. Joyce was certainly influenced by these themes, but his relationship with his peers and his nation proved to be complex. Join us on a tour that explores how Joyce took inspiration from Revivalists like WB Yeats while also rejecting contemporary artistic trends. We'll also look at Joyce's critical approach to his native city and the factors that led to his decision to live out his life in Continental Europe. Stops on the tour include the GPO, the Abbey Theatre and the National Library.

 
Jun
12
6:00 pm18:00

Joycean Pub Crawl (12 June)

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Dublin is renowned for its pub culture and, fittingly, Joyce captured a little bit of that culture in the pages of Ulysses. Some of the most important scenes in the novel take place in public houses, whether it’s the famous lunch enjoyed by Bloom in Davy Byrne’s, the musical interlude in the bar of the old Ormond Hotel in the ‘Sirens’ episode or the run-in with the nationalistic Citizen in Barney Kiernan’s of Little Britain Street. So what better way to discuss Joyce than over a few pints of plain?

Join our guide on a tour to some of Dublin's best-loved pubs and learn all about the life and times of the author in the establishments that inspired his work. You'll take in bars like the Gresham Hotel, Mulligan's and of course Davy Byrne's, where Leopold Bloom takes his lunch with a tipple. You’ll have fun, make friends, learn something and most likely forget it again before morning!

 
Jun
12
6:30 pm18:30

The Poppie Joyce Tapes

  • James Joyce Centre
 

In 1909 James Joyce’s sister, Margaret Alice ‘Poppie’ Joyce, migrated to New Zealand as a young nun, never to return to her homeland. Only two years younger than her brother, she experienced the hardships of a chaotic and tragic family life – the very stuff that Joyce mined for his great fictional projects. She spoke about her life, her brother and his works shortly before her death in 1964 in interviews with the Australian Franciscan priest, Godfrey Ainsworth. Now these recently re-discovered tapes are being preserved and made available to the public by the James Joyce Centre in 2017 in partnership with the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

Join us for this very special talk by the Centre’s Director, Mark Traynor, which will feature excerpts from these unique recordings. Discover the evocative memories of this extraordinary woman who left her family to find a new life at the other end of the world. This event will mark the first public broadcasting of the tapes and advance booking is strongly recommended.

With special thanks to Diane Sadler (School of English, Trinity College Dublin) and Lucy Byrne.

 
Jun
13
11:00 am11:00

James Joyce & WB Yeats Tour

  • James Joyce Centre
 

 13 June is the birthday of WB Yeats - celebrate it with this very special walking tour! Joyce and Yeats are indisputably the two most recognisable and pivotal figures of twentieth century Irish literature. Though contemporaries, they represent very different cultural,  religious, political and artistic traditions, each playing a distinct role in the history of Irish art. While the elder Yeats emerged from an Anglo-Irish Protestant background and committed himself to the idea of the Irish nation, Joyce emerged from the newly assertive generation of middle class Catholics and went on to reject nationalist politics in pursuit of artistic independence. Despite their differences, the relationship that existed between Joyce and Yeats is highly significant, oscillating from oedipal struggle and dismissal to mutual respect and active support. Join our guide on a tour that traces this relationship through the streets of the city, with stops including the Abbey Theatre, the GPO, the National Library and Yeats' Merrion Square home.

 
Jun
13
2:00 pm14:00

Ulysses in Sandymount Tour

  • James Joyce Centre
 

'Am I walking into eternity along Sandymount Strand?'

This extended tour offers Joyceans an opportunity to get outside the city and explore the area around Sandymount that Joyce returns to in three episodes of Ulysses. Travelling by train from the city centre, this tour takes in Newbridge Avenue, the home of Paddy Dignam in the 'Hades' episode; the Star of the Sea Church & Leahy's Terrace, featured in the 'Nausicaa' episode; and Sandymount Strand, the setting for both 'Proteus' and 'Nausicaa'. It also takes in the Shelbourne Road (where Joyce rented rooms in 1904), Dromard Terrace (where Joyce spent the night of 16 June 1904), and the birthplace of WB Yeats.

Please Note: This is an extended tour, lasting approximately three hours. Duration may vary as the tour is dependent on public transport. 

 
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

The Bloomsday Interview: Geoff Dyer in Conversation with Mark O'Connell

  • Belvedere House
 

Join us for the annual Bloomsday Interview featuring one of literature’s most mischievous genre-demolishers, Geoff Dyer. Sitting down with Mark O’Connell in Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College, the conversation will range from the prevailing influence of Joyce and Ulysses to Dyer’s inventive corrosion of the barriers between fiction and non-fiction, the importance of travel as a means to step outside of oneself, and what has compelled him to range across subjects from literary criticism to jazz and photography.

Geoff Dyer is a man the Chicago Tribune describes as “one of the funniest writers alive.” He’s the author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction. He is currently writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

Mark O’Connell is Slate’s book columnist and a regular contributor to publications such as the New Yorker and the Observer. His book To Be a Machine was recently published by Penguin Random House.

 
Jun
14
Jun 16

'Joycestick': Virtual Reality Ulysses at the James Joyce Centre

  • James Joyce Centre
 

There’s art imitating life, and then there’s art taking on a virtual life of its own. You might say that’s what is happening with a Boston College academic project involving the unlikely pairing of an immersive virtual reality 3D game and Joyce's novel, Ulysses.

Called ‘Joycestick’, the project is bringing the book to life through ‘gamification’ - users wear a virtual reality eyepiece and headphones and, with gaming devices, navigate and explore various scenes from the book, racking up points and rewards along the way. Joycestick tells the story by recreating scenes from the Ulysses, some of which had to be re-created by filming and photographing sites in Ireland. All the objects had to be researched, scaled and linked to the text; touching an object triggers a recorded narration from the book, along with other sounds, to explain its significance to the novel.

For this year’s Bloomsday Festival, ‘Joycestick’ will be setting up shop in the James Joyce Centre from 14 - 16 June, where visitors can step into Joyce’s novel and experience the world through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Ulysses truly come to life before your eyes!

'Joycestick' demonstration is included in the price of admission to the James Joyce Centre (€5 Adult, €4 Student/Senior).

 
Jun
14
10:00 am10:00

Joyce by Bus

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Joyce lived most his life outside Dublin, but there is hardly a village or street in the city that doesn’t have some link to the author and his sprawling works. His unsettled family life meant that he moved address frequently in his adolescent years and his portrait of the city in works like Ulysses was so comprehensive that he once claimed that 'if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of (his) book’. Join us for this half-day bus trip from Dublin’s epicentre to the stunning coastline, trace the steps of Joyce and his characters and learn all about the author’s links to the different areas of the city in the company of our local guide.

You'll take in Portobello and the city's former Jewish quarter, stop by Joyce's birthplace in Rathgar, take your lunch in the beautiful village of Sandycove and head to the James Joyce Tower & Museum before returning to the city via Sandymount Strand.

 
Jun
14
11:00 am11:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Tour - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

The 'Lestrygonians' episode of Ulysses sees Leopold Bloom make his way through the city centre on his way from Middle Abbey Street to the National Library. As he begins to feel the rumblings of hunger, his thoughts become centred on the social, political cultural and religious significance of food; as he goes on to think, food underlies all relations to the extent that 'peace and war depend on some fellow's digestion'. Bloom's musings on the importance of food are mixed with a commentary on the architecture that surrounds him, emphasising Dublin's position as a colonial city. Join our guide as we follow in Bloom's footsteps and discuss these thoughts, focusing on Joyce's effort to bring the unsavoury workings of the body into a work of art and use food as the basis of a political and social commentary.

 
Jun
14
2:00 pm14:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Tour

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his major work. On this stroll around the north inner city, our guide will explain the real-life inspiration behind some of Joyce's most celebrated writing and will show just how central the streetscape of the 'Hibernian Metropolis' is to the author's life and art. The tour visits stops like Joyce's alma mater Belvedere College; Hardwicke Street, the setting for the short story 'The Boarding House'; the Gresham Hotel, the setting of the final and most memorable scene of the short story 'the Dead'; and the James Joyce Statue on North Earl Street. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in literature, No. 7 Eccles Street, and retraces the steps of Leopold Bloom's celebrated journey to buy a pork kidney in the fourth episode of Ulysses. 

 
Jun
14
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Elizabeth Willis

  • Poetry Ireland
 

Presented by New Dublin Press and the James Joyce Centre

in asssociation with Poetry Ireland

Join us for an evening of reading and conversation in Poetry Ireland as we draw contemporary poetic links to Joyce’s experimental work and legacy.

Elizabeth Willis is one of the most celebrated poets in the United States, and she is Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work echoes Joyce’s in its complex, multi-layered language, daring voice, and profound sense of place (and placelessness).

Willis’s most recent book Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan, 2011), recipient of the PEN New England / L. L. Winship Prize for Poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), a National Poetry Series selection; and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). Her poems have appeared in recent issues of Hambone, Harper’s, the New Yorker, Poetry, and A Public Space.

Willis will be introduced by Jonathan C. Creasy, author, editor, and publisher at New Dublin Press.

Elizabeth Willis will also deliver a poetry masterclass on Thursday 15 June at 3pm at Poetry Ireland. Applications are now open for a limited number of places. For more details, please email info@poetryireland.ie or call 01 678 9815. 

Generously Supported by the US Embassy's Creative Minds Initiative

 
 
 
Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

The Bloomsday Hooley

  • J.W. Sweetman
 

If Joyce hadn’t committed to his vocation as a writer, he might have pursued his passion for music. The author possessed a fine tenor voice, wrote music and famously won a medal at the 1904 Feis Ceoil. Though he wouldn’t become a professional singer, musical references abound in all of his major works, especially Ulysses, in which operatic arias, popular music hall songs, traditional Irish ballads and a whole host of other genres and styles of music are littered throughout the text.

We figured the best way to celebrate Joyce and his love of music was to get together for a good old-fashioned hooley with Sceolán, a group of exceptional traditional musicians whose repetoire draws on a variety of musical legacies, from the Irish Sean Nós (old style) tradition to more recent styles like Scottish folkThe band will perform a set mixing traditional favourites with songs referred to in Joyce’s work, providing a little commentary and a lot of entertainment as you while away the hours in a beautiful Dublin pub.

There will be some exclusive food and drink offers available for ticket-holders, including craft beer tasting trays showcasing 5 of J.W. Sweetman’s own in-house brews for only €8. This is also a great chance to meet fellow Bloomsday revellers in advance of the big day!

Doors from 7pm. Music will begin at 8pm.

 
Jun
15
11:00 am11:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Tour - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

The 'Lestrygonians' episode of Ulysses sees Leopold Bloom make his way through the city centre on his way from Middle Abbey Street to the National Library. As he begins to feel the rumblings of hunger, his thoughts become centred on the social, political cultural and religious significance of food; as he goes on to think, food underlies all relations to the extent that 'peace and war depend on some fellow's digestion'. Bloom's musings on the importance of food are mixed with a commentary on the architecture that surrounds him, emphasising Dublin's position as a colonial city. Join our guide as we follow in Bloom's footsteps and discuss these thoughts, focusing on Joyce's effort to bring the unsavoury workings of the body into a work of art and use food as the basis of a political and social commentary.

 
Jun
15
2:00 pm14:00

Ulysses in Sandymount Tour - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Am I walking into eternity along Sandymount Strand?'

This extended tour offers Joyceans an opportunity to get outside the city and explore the area around Sandymount that Joyce returns to in three episodes of Ulysses. Travelling by train from the city centre, this tour takes in Newbridge Avenue, the home of Paddy Dignam in the 'Hades' episode; the Star of the Sea Church & Leahy's Terrace, featured in the 'Nausicaa' episode; and Sandymount Strand, the setting for both 'Proteus' and 'Nausicaa'. It also takes in the Shelbourne Road (where Joyce rented rooms in 1904), Dromard Terrace (where Joyce spent the night of 16 June 1904), and the birthplace of WB Yeats.

Please Note: This is an extended tour, lasting approximately three hours. Duration may vary as the tour is dependent on public transport. 

 
Jun
15
6:30 pm18:30

'What is Your Nation If I May Ask?': A Conversation with Ruth Gilligan, Michael O'Loughlin and Dermot Bolger

  • GPO Witness History
 

Joyce’s Ulysses was first published in Paris in 1922, the same year in which the violent upheaval of the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence culminated in the birth of the Irish Free State. Fittingly, Irish identity and nationalism are key themes that run throughout the novel. Stephen Dedalus thinks constantly about the Irish literary scene and its preoccupation with national identity and consciousness, while Leopold Bloom, the son of an Irish Catholic mother and a Hungarian Jewish father, is treated with suspicion by many of the Dubliners he encounters on account of his religious and ethnic background. Bloom’s persecution is most evident in the Cyclops episode of the novel, in which the xenophobic nationalist the Citizen asks the barbed question that provides the title of this event; to him, Bloom is not truly Irish.

This special event in the General Post Office, the main battleground of the 1916 Rising and in many ways the birthplace of the Irish State, will see three contemporary Irish writers get together to discuss Joyce’s examination of Irishness in the novel, using it as a way into a discussion about current concerns like sovereignty, borders, migration, xenophobia and the question of identity. Each of these authors will bring their own distinct focus to this discussion in what is sure to be a fascinating insight into the continuing contemporary relevance of Joyce’s work. Ticket-holders also get free admission to the award-winning GPO Witness History exhibition before the event (from 5:30pm), where you can learn more about the social and political upheaval of early twentieth century Ireland that continues to shape our view of national identity today.

 
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

The Joyce of Whiskey in Association with Irish Food Trail - SOLD OUT!

  • Dublin Castle (Palace St. Entrance)
 

Whiskey flows through Joyce’s works, from the stories of ‘The Sisters’ and ‘Counterparts’ to the life-giving elixir at the heart of Finnegans Wake. In fact so central was it to his last work that, when proposing the ill-conceived notion of having fellow novelist James Stephens finish Finnegans Wake as his his health declined, Joyce quipped that it would apt to have “J J and S” under the title – a reference to one of Dublin’s most famous whiskey distillers John Jameson & Sons! Whiskey also had an important historical and biographical significance for Joyce, whose father was secretary of the Dublin and Chapelizod Distillery Co and whose maternal grandfather John Murray once acted as sales representative for Powers.

Join us on this special jaunt around the capital’s bars to celebrate the many allusions to distilleries and whiskey in Joyce’s works whilst discovering Dublin’s rich whiskey culture. This two hour tour will be led by a local expert and features stops at three Irish pubs where you can sample two unique Irish whiskeys (yes, that’s six whiskies in total - so make sure you’ve had you’re dinner!). At each venue there will also be readings from Joyce’s work to accompany your tipple!

 
Jun
16
8:00 am08:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 8AM - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take a leaf out of Leopold Bloom's book and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on your travels this Bloomsday.

We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional!) accompanied by performances and dramatic readings from the pages of Ulysses. And don't forget to don your finest Edwardian wares - there will be special prizes for best dressed at each sitting!

 
Jun
16
8:00 am08:00

Bloomsday at the James Joyce Tower & Museum, Sandycove

  • James Joyce Tower & Museum
 

The original Dublin Bloomsday in 1954 began with a trip to the Martello Tower in Sandycove, the setting of the first episode of Ulysses and now home to the James Joyce Museum. A trip to Sandycove (and an optional dip in the nearby Forty-Foot bathing hole) is now one of Bloomsday’s most celebrated traditions. The Tower will open at 8am on 16 June for a full day of festivities, with actor Bryan Murray reading excerpts from Ulysses at intervals over the morning and early afternoon, occasional performances by Caitriona Ni Threasaigh and traditional contributions by Joycean pilgrims and the visiting public throughout the day.

If you’re around earlier in the week, the Tower will also have a programme of special events beginning on Saturday 10 June with a performance at 2pm by Irish tenor and Joycean music specialist Noel O’Grady. On Sunday 11 June actress Caitriona Ni Threasaigh will present her own acclaimed performance of ‘Molly Bloom’ at 2pm and 4pm. From Monday to Thursday hourly guided tours of the museum will be led by members of the devoted volunteer staff throughout opening hours (10am to 6pm).

Admission for all events is free and no booking is required. Please contact joycetower@failteireland.ie or call 01 2809265 if you intend to bring a group or have any queries.

These events are kindly supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland and the friends of Joyce Tower Society.

 
Jun
16
9:00 am09:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 9AM - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 
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Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
10:00 am10:00

The Bloomsday Bus - 10AM

  • James Joyce Centre
 
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Hop aboard the Bloomsday Bus this 16 June for a whistle-stop Joycean sightseeing tour around Dear Dirty Dublin! You’ll be whisked around on a vintage double-decker for a two and a half hour tour of some of the city’s key Joycean landmarks in the company of our local guide and a celebrated performer of Joyce’s work, who’ll keep you informed and entertained as you explore the ‘Hibernian Metropolis’.

You’ll pop by Eccles Street, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; Glasnevin Cemetery, the setting for the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses; the old ‘Monto’ area, where Bella Cohen’s brothel once stood; Westland Row, where the ‘Lotus Eaters’ episode sees Bloom drop into Sweny’s Chemist; Holles Street Maternity Hospital, where Bloom and Stephen cavort with Mulligan et al in ‘Oxen of the Sun’ and a whole lot of other Joycean hotspots along the way, including some of the author’s former addresses and many more locations from the novel. You’ll also get a copy of Romping Through Ulysses and a free boater hat to have you looking your Bloomsday best!

 
Jun
16
10:00 am10:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 10AM - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take a leaf out of Leopold Bloom's book and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on your travels this Bloomsday.

We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional!) accompanied by performances and dramatic readings from the pages of Ulysses. And don't forget to don your finest Edwardian wares - there will be special prizes for best dressed at each sitting!

 
Jun
16
10:30 am10:30

Bloomsday at the James Joyce Centre

  • James Joyce Centre
 

What with our Bloomsday Breakfasts and Afternoon Teas, we’re going to be pretty hectic at the James Joyce Centre this Bloomsday, but we’re offering a limited number of places for special guided visits on the day.

After a brief introduction from our guide, you can explore our Ulysses exhibition, check out the table where Joyce worked on Finnegans Wake, rap at the door of No. 7 Eccles Street and step into a virtual reality Ulysses with the good folk from ‘Joycestick’. Be sure to be in your best Bloomsday getup for the cameras!

Places are limited - advance booking is strongly recommended. Can’t pop in on the day? No problem - the Centre is open 7 days a week throughout the summer!

 

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Jun
16
10:30 am10:30

Wandering Rocks: Journey Inside Ulysses

  • Meeting House Square
 

Ulysses is a book of journeys - men, women and children criss-crossing the city on an ordinary day in Dublin. It’s a book about cities in general, and Dublin in particular. It’s about all the things that you pass by and the places you pass through as you go about your day, and the surprising things you might discover about yourself when you take notice…

Join us for a very special journey into Ulysses in the heart of Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square this Bloomsday. This is Joyce’s Big Adult Book broken down into a fun, tactile world for kids and families by the crazy-brained folks at Happenings and Upon A Tree. Travel through an interactive map of the city inspired by some of the iconic places and objects from Ulysses: explore giant “innards of beasts and fowl”, climb atop a Martello Tower and sit down to ponder life on a tiny Sandymount Strand. See Dublin - and yourself - in new ways this Bloomsday!

Suitable for all ages.

 
Jun
16
10:30 am10:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 10:30AM - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
11:30 am11:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 11:30AM - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
12:00 pm12:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 12PM - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take a leaf out of Leopold Bloom's book and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on your travels this Bloomsday.

We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional!) accompanied by performances and dramatic readings from the pages of Ulysses. And don't forget to don your finest Edwardian wares - there will be special prizes for best dressed at each sitting!

 
Jun
16
12:30 pm12:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 12:30PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
1:30 pm13:30

The Bloomsday Bus - 1:30PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Hop aboard the Bloomsday Bus this 16 June for a whistle-stop Joycean sightseeing tour around Dear Dirty Dublin! You’ll be whisked around on a vintage double-decker for a two and a half hour tour of some of the city’s key Joycean landmarks in the company of our local guide and a celebrated performer of Joyce’s work, who’ll keep you informed and entertained as you explore the ‘Hibernian Metropolis’.

You’ll pop by Eccles Street, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; Glasnevin Cemetery, the setting for the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses; the old ‘Monto’ area, where Bella Cohen’s brothel once stood; Westland Row, where the ‘Lotus Eaters’ episode sees Bloom drop into Sweny’s Chemist; Holles Street Maternity Hospital, where Bloom and Stephen cavort with Mulligan et al in ‘Oxen of the Sun’ and a whole lot of other Joycean hotspots along the way, including some of the author’s former addresses and many more locations from the novel. You’ll also get a copy of Romping Through Ulysses and a free boater hat to have you looking your Bloomsday best!

 
Jun
16
1:30 pm13:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 1:30PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
2:30 pm14:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 2:30PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
2:30 pm14:30

Bloomsday Afternoon Tea - 2:30PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take a leisurely afternoon tea this Bloomsday in the fine Georgian surrounds of the James Joyce Centre’s Kenmare Room. Enjoy sandwiches and sweets inspired by Ulysses such as Gorganzola Sandwiches and Banbury Cakes whilst sipping fine loose leaf teas. As you enjoy the atmosphere Joycean sirens Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher will serenade you with cheeky musical hall numbers right out of the Big Blue Book of Eccles.

Need to give your afternoon a bit of a kick? Add a glass of Burgundy or Prosecco Spumante Signore Giuseppe, NV.

 
Jun
16
3:00 pm15:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 3PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
3:00 pm15:00

Bloomsday Reading & Songs with Poet Stephen James Smith

  • Meeting House Square
 

A long-standing and treasured tradition, this afternoon of songs, readings and performances from Ulysses in the heart of Temple Bar is an essential part of the Bloomsday experience. Led by Dublin poet Stephen James Smith and featuring a chaotic cast of noted Irish actors, politicians, musicians, pundits, procrastinators and everyone in between, this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the book amongst seasoned Joycean veterans and Bloomsday beginners alike. So don your best headwear and join us in the Square this Bloomsday!

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene.  His poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival.  Stephen has performed extensively at top venues and events such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall, the Abbey Theatre (Nobel Call), Vicar Street (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard), the London Palladium, the Oscar Wilde Awards (LA), Glastonbury Festival and George Town Literary Festival (ML).  His debut collection, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in Autumn 2017.

This event is free - all are welcome!

 
Jun
16
3:30 pm15:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 3:30PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
4:00 pm16:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 4PM - SOLD OUT!

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
4:30 pm16:30

Bloomsday Afternoon Tea - 4:30PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take a leisurely afternoon tea this Bloomsday in the fine Georgian surrounds of the James Joyce Centre’s Kenmare Room. Enjoy sandwiches and sweets inspired by Ulysses such as Gorganzola Sandwiches and Banbury Cakes whilst sipping fine loose leaf teas. As you enjoy the atmosphere Joycean sirens Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher will serenade you with cheeky musical hall numbers right out of the Big Blue Book of Eccles.

Need to give your afternoon a bit of a kick? Add a glass of Burgundy or Prosecco Spumante Signore Giuseppe, NV.

 
Jun
16
4:30 pm16:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 4:30PM

  • James Joyce Centre
 

Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly & Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Don't forget to bring your boater!

 
Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Anthony Cronin: A Celebration

  • City Hall, Dublin
 

Anthony Cronin - poet, novelist, and Irish national treasure - died at the end of last year. He was one of the group of writers and intellectuals that included Brian O'Nolan and Patrick Kavanagh who celebrated the first Dublin Bloomsday in 1954 by following in the footsteps of Joyce's characters 50 years after the events described in Ulysses. Then a young bohemian who had chosen to pursue his literary interests over a legal career, Cronin went on to become one of the country’s leading public intellectuals celebrated both for his own art and his achievements as an adviser on arts and culture to successive Irish governments. The author of sixteen volumes of poetry, two novels and many acclaimed works of criticism and literary biography, Cronin was above all a writer of great craft and intellect whose work was marked by a command of form, an appreciation of paradox and a strong comedic sense.

Join us in the majestic surrounds of City Hall to celebrate a man who so enriched his adopted city of Dublin with his words and deeds. Featuring well-known Irish writers and artists, as well as recordings of the man himself, we will bid farewell to this great man of Irish letters this Bloomsday.

 
Jun
16
8:00 pm20:00

The Poetry Brothel: Penelope (Bloomsday Wrap Party)

  • The Liquor Rooms
 

This Bloomsday will see the much anticipated return of the Poetry Brothel following last year's hugely successful 'Nighttown' show, as well as their sold-out Bram Stoker Festival and Easter Sunday specials. Already a hugely celebrated phenomenon in New York, Paris, Barcelona, New Orleans, and Buenos Aires among others, the Poetry Brothel has taken Dublin by storm.

This year's theme is a celebration of the Penelope episode of Ulysses, the stream-of-consciousness soliloquy of the ungirdled Molly Bloom that is as filthy as it is profound. The line-up includes many stars of the growing spoken word movement here in Dublin, as well as the usual mix of theatre, performance, magic and burlesque, to name but a few of the eclectic attractions. The Poetry Brothel is a nightclub where jazz musicians, burlesque dancers, body painters and tarot card readers mingle and perform, but poetry holds centre stage as the headline act. The poets are also available (for a fee) and will read you a poem, one-to-one.

The Poetry Brothel reminds us that poetry can be intimate, that poetry can be boisterous, that poetry can be a wild celebration. So say yes to this Bloomsday celebration of poetry, Joyce and the carnal pleasures of Molly Bloom.

 
Jun
17
4:00 pm16:00

The Joyce of Whiskey Deluxe in Association with Irish Food Trail

  • Dublin Castle (Palace St Entrance)
 

Whiskey flows through Joyce’s works, from the stories of ‘The Sisters’ and ‘Counterparts’ to the life-giving elixir at the heart of Finnegans Wake. In fact so central was it to his last work that, when proposing the ill-conceived notion of having fellow novelist James Stephens finish Finnegans Wake as his his health declined, Joyce quipped that it would apt to have “J J and S” under the title – a reference to one of Dublin’s most famous whiskey distillers John Jameson & Sons! Whiskey also had an important historical and biographical significance for Joyce, whose father was secretary of the Dublin and Chapelizod Distillery Co and whose maternal grandfather John Murray once acted as sales representative for Powers.

Join us on this special jaunt around the capital’s bars to celebrate the many allusions to distilleries and whiskey in Joyce’s works whilst discovering Dublin’s rich whiskey culture. This two hour tour will be led by a local expert and features stops at three Irish pubs where you can sample two unique Irish whiskeys and sample some delicious tasting trays of local food! 

 
Jun
18
2:00 pm14:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

  • Dublin Castle (Palace St. Entrance)
 

Food is everywhere in Joyce’s Ulysses, whether it’s Bloom’s pork kidney breakfast, his lunch of gorgonzola and burgundy in Davy Byrne’s pub or the potato he carries in his pocket as a talisman of his Irish mother. Through its focus on the body and its natural processes, the novel constantly reminds us of the significance of food in our lives; at one point, Bloom even makes the lofty claim that ‘peace and war depend on some fellow’s digestion’! Food has also become central to Bloomsday celebrations over the years, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with Irish Food Trail this year to bring you the Joyce of Food, a three hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You’ll be brought around to 3 traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who’ll fill in the gaps between stops with a walking tour through the streets of the city providing history, fun facts and recommendations. Each restaurant will provide a different course inspired by Joyce’s work accompanied by a reading of the excerpt from Ulysses to which it relates. You’ll enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry!

 

Nov
19
5:00 pm17:00

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