Filtering by: 14 June

7:00 PM19:00

The Bloomsday Hooley


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.

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6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Elizabeth Willis


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 or call 01 678 9815. 

Generously Supported by the US Embassy's Creative Minds Initiative

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2:00 PM14:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Tour


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. 

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11:00 AM11:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Tour


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.

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10:00 AM10:00

Joyce by Bus


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.

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to Jun 16

'Joycestick': Virtual Reality Ulysses at the James Joyce Centre (June 14 - 16)


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).

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to Jun 17

Dubliners Women (6 - 17 June)

  • Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Powerscourt Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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


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"


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