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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.