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7:00 PM19:00

The Joyce of Whiskey in Association with Irish Food Trail

  • Dublin Castle (Palace St. Entrance) (map)
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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!

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6:30 PM18:30

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


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.

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2:00 PM14:00

Ulysses in Sandymount Tour


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. 

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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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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)

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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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