Jun
4
to Jun 16

Bewley's Café Theatre Presents: Molly (4 - 16 June, Lunchtimes at 1pm)

 
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Bewley's Café Theatre in association with Sí Productions is proud to present this provocative new adaptation of the final soliloquy in Joyce's Ulysses.

Molly Bloom lies awake, plagued by insomnia, wind and her husband’s snoring, and bares her soul as she questions her life choices. This vibrant presentation reveals the woman behind the oft-misrepresented caricature; earthy and witty yet vulnerable and sensual. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night-time musings.

Molly’s observations on relationships strike a chord with contemporary audiences and her unashamed sexuality is startlingly modern. In an age of body shaming, it is refreshing to encounter a woman, who is unashamed of her body and physicality.

"an absorbing staging... vivid, palpable, irresistible..."(Galway Advertiser
"a beautiful piece of performance… a must see" (Reviews Hub)


Performed by IFTA nominated actress Tara Breathnach (A Nightingale Falling, Jack Taylor) and directed by Petal Pilley (Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Footsbarn)
Adapted from Ulysses by Tara Breathnach and Petal Pilley.

Time: 1pm (doors at 12.50pm) 
EXTRA BLOOMSDAY PERFORMANCE on June 16th at 3pm. To book for this extra show call 0868784001

 

 
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Jun
9
to Jun 16

Bloomsday at the James Joyce Tower and Museum, Sandycove (9 - 16 June)

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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.

A week of special events at the tower begins on Saturday 9 June when actress Caitriona Ni Threasaigh presents her own acclaimed performance of Molly Bloom at 2 pm and 4 pm.

On Sunday 10 June there will be a performance at 3 pm by Irish tenor and Joycean music specialist Noel O’Grady.  

From Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 June hourly guided tours of the museum will be led by members of the devoted volunteer staff throughout opening hours (10am to 6pm).

On Thursday 14 June Aidan Coleman presents his musical odyssey through Joyce’s life and works in separate performances at 12 noon and 3 pm, and on Friday 15 June  visitors will be entertained by Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy in an afternoon of Joycean songs from 2pm.

On Saturday 16 June the Tower opens at 8am for a day of Bloomsday festivities. Actor Bryan Murray reads excerpts from Ulysses at intervals over the morning and early afternoon, with occasional performances by Caitriona Ni Threaisaigh and Mary Pat Moloney and traditional contributions by Joycean pilgrims and the visiting public throughout the day.

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.  

 
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Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Frank Kiely’s Dubliners: Childhood and Adolescence Exhibition Launch

 
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While attempting to secure the publication of his short story collection Dubliners in 1906, Joyce wrote a series of letters to London publisher Grant Richards in which he justified the content and structure of his work. In one of these letters, he explained to Richards that the stories presented Dublin life as he saw it under four of its different aspects - childhood, adolescence, maturity and public life - and that the stories were arranged in this order. This exhibition of paintings by Frank Kiely is inspired by the childhood and adolescence sections of the collection, reimagining scenes from the stories in a contemporary setting and probing key themes that remain relevant today; individualism and community, repression and obligation, love and grief.

The ecstatic joy of driving in a sports car in plain view of all, feeling on top of the world. A first crush on the girl next door and its consequences. Broken hearts from meeting invisible boundaries of conventional society. And the darker themes of nefarious intent and facing ones dark curiosity. They are all stories about growing up, and every picture is a vignette of a young person faced with the realities of life. As a whole, Kiely’s bright and inventive paintings evoke the hidden meaning and claustrophobia of Joyce’s classic stories.

Join us for the launch of the exhibition, enjoy a glass of wine and hear the artist discuss his creative process, the intricacies of his work and Joyce’s relevance in contemporary Irish society. Terence Killeen, James Joyce Centre Research Scholar, will lead the conversation.

Frank Kiely studied at the Royal College of Art graduating in 2002. His exhibition ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ ran at the James Joyce Centre in 2017.

The exhibition runs at the James Joyce Centre during opening hours until 21 December 2018

 
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Jun
10
3:00 PM15:00

Drawing on Joyce: Bloomsday 2018 at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

 

The Olivier Cornet Gallery has been involved in Bloomsday celebrations since its owner moved to the Dublin 1 area in 2014. Last year, they collaborated with Dublin Sketchers to create a visual response to Ulysses through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, resulting in an exhibition. The collaboration continues this year, but this time the Olivier Cornet Gallery has invited five professional visual artists to participate in the Joyce trail sketch crawl alongside Dublin Sketchers. The artists have been drawn from various contemporary practices including abstract and figurative art in various media such as 3D, print-making and painting. The five artists have charted Dublin, mapping the fabric of the city, to seek traces of Joyce’s multi-layered novel.

These artists are Nickie Hayden, whose current practice explores the everyday difficulties and historic traumas experienced by people affected by dyslexia, master printmaker Robert Russell, poet Paula Meehan, Olivier Cornet Gallery artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn, who has created a series of night paintings, and internationally known street artist Maser, who has created work from multiple line drawings and collages based on his experience with Dublin Sketchers.

In addition to the exhibition launch on 10 June, a series of events will take place in the gallery throughout the week of the Bloomsday Festival, where participants will be invited to respond to their visual experience of the show through other art forms such as poetry and music.

The exhibition runs from 10 - 30 June.

 
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Jun
11
11:00 AM11:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Tour - SOLD OUT!

 
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Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his major work. On a 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. This tour ends on O’Connell Street.

 
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Jun
11
2:00 PM14:00

Joyce & the Irish Literary Revival Tour - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and experience in what was known as the Irish Literary Revival. Joyce was shaped by this environment, but he had a complex relationship with his contemporaries and his nation.

Join us on a tour that explores Joyce’s debt to major Revivalist figures such as W.B. Yeats, his rejection of contemporary artistic trends, his critical approach to the city and his eventual decision to leave Ireland and spend most of his life in Continental Europe, taking in along the way such iconic and culturally important landmarks as the GPO, the Abbey Theatre and the National Library. This tour ends on Kildare Street.

 
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Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

'Why Don't They Go and Create Something': Joyce, Art and Inspiration with Áine Stapleton, Sarah Bowie & Séan MacErlaine

 
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Joyce’s work has long served as an inspiration not only for writers, but for artists working across the disciplines, from music and dance to visual art and theatre. This Bloomsday, we’ll be celebrating Joyce’s effect on the non-literary arts by bringing together dancer Áine Stapleton, graphic artist Sarah Bowie and musician Séan MacErlaine to discuss Joyce’s influence on their practice.

Áine Stapleton works in dance, film and music. Much of her work has been inspired by Joyce’s daughter Lucia, including her film Medicated Milk and her upcoming choreographic work Horrible Creature, which will feed into a second film. Her work has been described by Film Ireland as "brave, provocative and deeply sensual".

Sarah Bowie is a published author/illustrator, co-founder of The Comics Lab and lover of visual storytelling. Inspired by Joyce’s Dubliners, Sarah will discuss her Dublin Bus sketchbooks, which explore the micro-moments of people’s’ daily lives.

Séan MacErlaine is a woodwind instrumentalist, composer and producer. His work intersects with folk, free improvisation, jazz and traditional music. His latest album Music for Empty Ears was released this year. In 2015, he presented Alas Awake, a site-specific multi-disciplinary homage to Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, at the Dublin International Literary Festival. Séan will perform a short piece from the project on the night.

 
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Jun
11
to Jul 21

The Abbey Theatre Presents: Ulysses (11 June - 21 July)

 
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Join your national theatre for Dermot Bolger’s brilliantly adapted, vibrant version of James Joyce’s classic. Bloom’s odyssey is a pandemonium of live music, puppets, dancing, clowning, bowler hats and kazoos. It’s Ulysses as you’ve never imagined it before, a superbly theatrical homage to Joyce’s chronicle of Dublin life and the greatest novel of all time. Created by Abbey Theatre director Graham McLaren, the show is absurd, brilliant and oodles of fun.

"My ideal audience is people who always wanted to read the book but felt daunted. They may be surprised to find that it remains a book about themselves and people they know. They will not leave knowing everything about Joyce, no more than I’ll ever comprehend the fullness of his vision. But I hope they are sufficiently engaged by the human drama; by Bloom’s subtle triumphs; Molly’s all too human contradictions and Stephen’s isolation on the eve of departure, to again start to read this superb chronicle of our capital city: one of the greatest and truest novels of all time." – Dermot Bolger

Written by James Joyce, adapted by Dermot Bolger, directed by Graham McLaren.

Dates: 11 June – 21 July
On the Abbey Stage

Free First Preview: 11 June

Previews: 12 – 13 June

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pm

Tickets: €20 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

On Stage Seats: €30 / Conc. €25

Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Box Office: (01) 87 87 222 | abbeytheatre.ie

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 226

 
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Jun
12
11:00 AM11:00

Ulysses in Sandymount Tour - SOLD OUT!

 
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"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. This tour ends at Connolly Station.

 
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Jun
12
2:00 PM14:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Tour - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 pangs of hunger, his thoughts become centred on the social, political, cultural and religious importance of food. These musings are mixed with a commentary on the architecture of the city, emphasising Dublin’s position as a colonial capital. Join our guide as we follow in Bloom’s footsteps and discuss these thoughts, focusing on Joyce’s own efforts 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. This tour ends on Kildare Street.

 
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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Joycean Pub Crawl

 
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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 porter?

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!

 
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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

The Joyce of Whiskey Deluxe in Association with Irish Food Trail

  • Meeting Point: Dublin Castle (Palace St Entrance) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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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 health declined, Joyce quipped that it would be 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 plates of local food.

 
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Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Neil R. Davison - ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’, Dublin Municipal Politics and Joyce’s Colonial Irish-Jew

 
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Join us at The James Joyce Centre for a provocative talk by Professor Neil Davison as he discusses how Joyce’s awareness of Albert Altman, an Irish-Jewish Dubliner and local politician during the era, influenced the Dubliners’ story ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’. When Joyce’s piece is framed through Altman’s public profile during the historical moment the story is set, its depiction of the lament and confusion over the fall of Charles Stewart Parnell’s Home Rule leadership can be read on a more localised and nuanced level. Altman’s position as a Councillor on the Dublin Municipal Corporation from 1901-03 was a case study of the precarious position many Jews occupied in colonialised countries during the era when calcified racial divisions transformed the nature of imperialism across the globe.

In Ulysses, Leopold Bloom’s politics also appear to draw on Joyce’s memories of Altman, and ‘Ivy Day’ is the earliest piece in which the politician’s career influenced Joyce’s interest in labour issues as a necessary component of a future Irish independence. Through Altman, and later in full expression through Bloom, Joyce recognised how Jews, so often figured as outsiders to European cultures, also came to represent what has been called a third racial-space between coloniser and colonised during the late-stage of empire before the present postcolonial/post-Holocaust era.

Neil R. Davison is Professor of Modernism, Irish Studies, and Jewish Cultural Studies at Oregon State University. He is the author of James Joyce, Ulysses, and the Construction of Jewish Identity (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Jewishness and Masculinity from the Modern to the Postmodern (Routledge Press, 2010), and numerous articles on Joyce and other Irish authors, Holocaust Literature, and, most recently, Anglo and Francophone Caribbean authors. His work focuses on issues of race, gender, religion, and philosophy in twentieth-century literature.

 
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Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Bloomsday Fashion Workshop with Bella A GoGo and At it Again!

 

Prepare for the street carnival this Bloomsday by embracing your inner Edwardian with help from burlesque star Bella A GoGo and Maite López from At it Again! You’ll discover the significance of style and dress in Ulysses as well as meeting some of the colourful characters that pepper its pages. Be inspired to dress up as the zombie-like Paddy Dignam, the flamboyant Buck Mulligan or flirty Gerty MacDowell. Discover why people dress up as bars of lemon soap or cheese sandwiches.
 

Enjoy a glass of prosecco while you are guided through dress up ideas and tips for hair and make-up that will have you cleaning up at the Bloomsday best-dressed competitions. Your complimentary goodie bag will be bursting with objects to help you celebrate Bloomsday, including a copy of Romping Through Ulysses.


Bella A Go Go is a vintage fashionista well-loved on the cabaret and vintage scene in Dublin, who has danced and performed internationally. Maite López is a vintage make-up artist and one of the founding members of At it Again!, who bring Irish literature to life with their playful pocket guides. Originally from Cologne with a passion for carnival, she loves to bring a splash of colour to Joyce's cheeks on the streets of Dublin!

 
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Jun
13
10:00 AM10:00

Joyce by Bus

 
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Joyce lived most of 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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Jun
13
11:00 AM11:00

Joyce & Yeats Tour

 
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Celebrate the birthday of Irish poet W.B. Yeats with this very special walking tour focusing on his tumultuous relationship with the young James Joyce. James Joyce and W.B. 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 favour of the pursuit of artistic independence. Despite their differences, the relationship that existed between Joyce and Yeats was 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, visiting such sites of interest as the Abbey Theatre, the GPO and the National Library. This tour ends at Merrion Square.

 
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Jun
13
2:00 PM14:00

Dubliners Tour

 
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Joyce once referred to Dublin as the "centre of paralysis", a city that he felt was backward and repressive in contrast to the modern capitals of Europe. This idea found its expression in Dubliners, a short story collection that illustrates the effects of this restrictive atmosphere on the city’s population. Join our guide on a walk that visits some of the key locations from both the collection and the author’s life, discussing all the while Joyce’s critical portrayal of the social, religious and political landscape of his home town. This tour also gives some insight into the publication history of the collection, itself a story that creates a sense of Joyce’s artistic mission and his controversial approach to writing about Dublin. This tour ends at O’Connell Bridge.

 
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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

The Joyce of Whiskey Deluxe in Association with Irish Food Trail

  • Meeting Point: Dublin Castle (Palace St Entrance) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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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 health declined, Joyce quipped that it would be 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 plates of local food.

 
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Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Ulysses Extended: A Musical Score by Stephen Gardner

 
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Performed by Ellen Demos, Paul Roe and Shane O’Donovan

The James Joyce Centre is delighted to host the last of three performances of celebrated composer Stephen Gardner’s Ulysses Extended on Wednesday 13 June. In this musical work, certain passages from James Joyce’s Ulysses are interpreted by a trio of Ellen Demos on vocals, Paul Roe on bass clarinet/clarinet and Shane O’Donovan on percussion. Throughout the work, Joyce’s words will be ‘extended’ into other sounds, both vocal and instrumental, with Gardner’s score serving as a springboard for various avenues of improvisation. The performance will last for approximately 35 minutes, with a brief wine reception beginning at 7.30pm and music commencing from 8pm.

Stephen Gardner was born in Belfast and studied at the Universities of Ulster and Wales. His works have been performed and broadcast worldwide. Recent compositions have been for The Crash Ensemble, The Ulster Orchestra and Te Deum Adoramus choir in Sofia. He was elected as a member of Aósdana in 2003.

 
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Jun
14
11:00 AM11:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Tour - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 pangs of hunger, his thoughts become centred on the social, political, cultural and religious importance of food. These musings are mixed with a commentary on the architecture of the city, emphasising Dublin’s position as a colonial capital. Join our guide as we follow in Bloom’s footsteps and discuss these thoughts, focusing on Joyce’s own efforts 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. This tour ends on Kildare Street.

 
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Jun
14
2:00 PM14:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Tour - SOLD OUT!

 
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Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his major work. On a 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. This tour ends on O’Connell Street.

 
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Jun
14
2:00 PM14:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

  • Meeting Point: Dublin Castle (Palace St Entrance) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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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 three 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.

 
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Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Legacy of the Little Magazine with Susan Tomaselli (gorse), Declan Meade (The Stinging Fly), Tara McEvoy (The Tangerine) and Laura Cassidy (Banshee)

 

Joyce’s Ulysses was published in full for the first time in 1922, but it had been introduced to the world four years earlier with the publication of the first episode, ‘Telemachus’, in the American journal The Little Review in March 1918. Ulysses continued to appear in The Little Review in serial form until December 1920, when the ‘Nausicaa’ episode aroused the attention of the censors and was subsequently banned for obscenity in the United States. This incident rocketed Joyce and his still incomplete work into the public eye and paved the way for its eventual world fame as it became the centre of debates over the distinction between obscenity and art.

This year, we’re celebrating the centenary of the serialisation of Ulysses by gathering some key figures from the contemporary Irish literary scene in Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College, to discuss the legacy and continuing importance of little magazines. The conversation will be led by Susan Tomaselli (gorse) and will feature contributors Declan Meade (The Stinging Fly), Tara McEvoy (The Tangerine) and Laura Cassidy (Banshee), who’ll be discussing everything from the fascinating history of serialisation and the literary periodical to the recent resurgence of the form in contemporary Ireland.

This event is supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

 
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Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Ulysses in Sandymount Tour - SOLD OUT!

 
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"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. This tour ends at Connolly Station.

 
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Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Tour - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 pangs of hunger, his thoughts become centred on the social, political, cultural and religious importance of food. These musings are mixed with a commentary on the architecture of the city, emphasising Dublin’s position as a colonial capital. Join our guide as we follow in Bloom’s footsteps and discuss these thoughts, focusing on Joyce’s own efforts 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. This tour ends on Kildare Street.

 
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Jun
15
4:00 PM16:00

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

  • Meeting Point: Dublin Castle (Palace St Entrance) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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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 three 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.

 
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Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Poetry Brothel: Midnight Mass at the Church

 
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Join the Poetry Brothel this Bloomsday eve for Midnight Mass in the bowels of a former eighteenth-century church. Traverse the guilty and shameful pleasures of Joyce's mind to find solace and liberation in the sensuality of the arts.

The Poetry Brothel is an immersive literary cabaret nightclub experience, a place where jazz musicians, burlesque dancers, body painters, magicians, drag performers and tarot card readers mingle and perform — but poetry holds centre stage as the headline act. The line-up will include many stars of Dublin’s vibrant and growing spoken word movement, who will perform onstage and will be available (for a fee) to take you into a dark corner to read you a poem, one-to-one. VIP registration (€50) guarantees premium seating and exxxclusive access to all the evening's artists and performers, as well as a selection of take-home goodies and other special treats.

Already a celebrated phenomenon in New York, Paris, Barcelona, New Orleans and Buenos Aires, the Poetry Brothel has taken Dublin by storm. Don’t miss your chance to experience it this Bloomsday.

 
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Jun
16
8:00 AM08:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 8AM - SOLD OUT!

 
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Joyce’s Ulysses features what we’ll wager is one of the most famous breakfasts in literature, the fried pork kidney enjoyed by Leopold Bloom in the ‘Calypso’ episode of the novel. Over the years, the Bloomsday Breakfast has become one of the festival’s most established traditions, not only as a tip of the hat to Joyce’s protagonist, but also because we know you need to fuel up for a big day of celebrations. So take a leaf out of Bloom’s book and enjoy a hearty meal before setting out on your travels this Bloomsday.

We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional, for those who aren’t into the "tang of faintly scented urine"), accompanied by music and recitation 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.

All sittings of the James Joyce Centre’s Bloomsday Breakfast are sold out, but why not book a place for our Afternoon Teas or check out the superb breakfast offered by our neighbours at GPO Witness History, EPIC Ireland or Howth Castle.

 
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Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 9AM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
9:30 AM09:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 9:30AM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Bloomsday Body Painting Jam with Dublin Body Paint

 
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Join Dublin Body Paint this Bloomsday for a celebration of the nutty and absurd in James Joyce’s masterpiece. At this very special jam, artists will be provided with a theme or character from Ulysses for inspiration; whether it’s a two-headed octopus, a circus ringmaster, a zombie, or a talking bar of lemon soap, you can bring your imagination literally to life this Bloomsday. Artists will be matched with models on the day and photographers are invited to join in later to capture this transient art form.

At 4pm, participating models and artists will be invited to join in a street carnival parade through the city to show off their work and help bring the Bloomsday spirit to the streets!

Models: You don't need to be a 'model'  to become a model for the day. You are beautiful just as you are. This is a non-judgemental and safe environment so time to enjoy and get creative.

Artists: Whether you fancy picking up a brush for the first time since the Junior Cert, or are a seasoned professional, you are welcome to join in! Artists will need your own body painting kit, but one can be rented from us for the day.

A few questions answered...

Q Can I come and watch? 
No. This is not a spectator sport. If your name is not on the list then you’re not getting in. Our door man is under strict instructions.

Q Will everyone be running around in the nip? 
There won't be nudity at this event.

Q Is there an age limit? 

Yes. Everyone must be over 18.

Q Will I get a lunch break? 

You can take as many breaks as you like between yourself and the person you're partnered with. We will provide a light lunch of sandwiches, fruit, tea, coffee & bikkies!

Info for artists:

Q I've never body painted before, but I'd love to try it out. Can I still come?
Of course! This is a great place to try it out for the first time. There's no pressure, so you can take your time and work at your own pace. Try out some new techniques , or just wing it and have a bit of an ol' paint.

Q Will the paint be provided?
We have materials provided for the day.

Info for models:

Q Do I have to be naked?
Not at all! Do whatever you feel comfortable with. Seriously, don't feel pressured into anything. Keep in mind though, no one is there to judge you. Anyone acting inappropriately will be asked to leave. And seriously, after the first few hours you won't even notice the bodies, only the art and beauty.

Q So if I'm not naked what will I wear?

We'd recommend a white or flesh coloured cotton thong/g-string. Wear briefs or boxers if it would make you more comfortable. If you get to talk to the artist you'll be paired up with before the event, lead with this discussion. Some artists like to make a feature out of your underwear, work it into the design, or get a wig in a matching colour. If in doubt bring a few options, perhaps including your favourite pair. Because who doesn't feel like a million dollars in that special pair of pants?

Q Does the paint wash off easily? 
Sometimes. Some colours can stain. They mostly wash off, but I'm not going to lie - it's not an exact science. I wouldn't plan your wedding the following day or the photoshoot for your swimsuit calendar. The blues and blacks are pretty bad, but the glitter can be the worst. You may be sweating glitter for a few days.Or you may be fine. 

Photographers will join from about 2pm to start taking photos of finished work. 

If you are not comfortable parading through Dublin City in nothing but your underwear that is fine. There is no pressure on anyone to do it but we hope to get a party going!

 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 10AM - SOLD OUT!

 
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Joyce’s Ulysses features what we’ll wager is one of the most famous breakfasts in literature, the fried pork kidney enjoyed by Leopold Bloom in the ‘Calypso’ episode of the novel. Over the years, the Bloomsday Breakfast has become one of the festival’s most established traditions, not only as a tip of the hat to Joyce’s protagonist, but also because we know you need to fuel up for a big day of celebrations. So take a leaf out of Bloom’s book and enjoy a hearty meal before setting out on your travels this Bloomsday.

We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional, for those who aren’t into the "tang of faintly scented urine"), accompanied by music and recitation 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.

All sittings of the James Joyce Centre’s Bloomsday Breakfast are sold out, but why not book a place for our Afternoon Teas or check out the superb breakfast offered by our neighbours at GPO Witness History, EPIC Ireland or Howth Castle.

 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 10AM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Bloomsday Bus - 10am

 
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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 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 free boater hat to have you looking your Bloomsday best!

 
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Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

The Abbey Theatre Present: Staging Joyce - Dermot Bolger & Ferdia MacAnna

 
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Celebrate Bloomsday at the Abbey Theatre by stepping onto the stage and into the world of Ulysses.
Take your seat facing Molly Bloom’s bed and the bar of the Ormond Hotel for lively conversation and insight with authors Dermot Bolger and Ferdia MacAnna. Up for discussion is the influence of James Joyce, the inspiration of Dublin city, and the challenges of adapting Ulysses for the stage – from Bolger’s critically-acclaimed production currently back for another run, to the famous and controversial stagings of Ulysses in Nighttown at the Abbey directed by Ferdia’s father, the late Tomás MacAnna.

Tickets: €17 / Conc. €15

 
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Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Bloomsday at the James Joyce Centre

 
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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 and rap at the door of No. 7 Eccles Street. 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

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

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 11AM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
11:30 AM11:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 11:30AM

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 12PM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 12PM - SOLD OUT!

 
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Joyce’s Ulysses features what we’ll wager is one of the most famous breakfasts in literature, the fried pork kidney enjoyed by Leopold Bloom in the ‘Calypso’ episode of the novel. Over the years, the Bloomsday Breakfast has become one of the festival’s most established traditions, not only as a tip of the hat to Joyce’s protagonist, but also because we know you need to fuel up for a big day of celebrations. So take a leaf out of Bloom’s book and enjoy a hearty meal before setting out on your travels this Bloomsday.

We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional, for those who aren’t into the "tang of faintly scented urine"), accompanied by music and recitation 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.

All sittings of the James Joyce Centre’s Bloomsday Breakfast are sold out, but why not book a place for our Afternoon Teas or check out the superb breakfast offered by our neighbours at GPO Witness History, EPIC Ireland or Howth Castle.

 
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Jun
16
12:30 PM12:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 12:30PM

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 1PM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
1:30 PM13:30

The Bloomsday Bus - 1:30pm

 
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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 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 free boater hat to have you looking your Bloomsday best!

 
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Jun
16
1:30 PM13:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 1:30PM

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 2PM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
2:30 PM14:30

Bloomsday Afternoon Tea - 2:30pm

 
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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 red/white wine or prosecco for an additional €8!

 
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Jun
16
2:30 PM14:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 2:30PM

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the 'Hibernian Metropolis' in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan; and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 3PM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Bloomsday Readings & Songs at Wolfe Tone Square

 

A long-standing and treasured tradition, this afternoon of songs, readings and performances from Ulysses in the heart of the city is an essential part of the Bloomsday experience. 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.

This year, we’ll have Peter Murphy at the helm at our new location in Wolfe Tone Square. Peter is a writer, spoken-word performer and actor. He is the author of two novels, John the Revelator (2009) and Shall We Gather at the River (2013), both published by Faber & Faber. His non-fiction has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Guardian and the Irish Times. He performs under the name 'Cursed Murphy', and is currently at work on his third book. His short story ‘The Dead’, a ‘cover version’ of Joyce’s classic, was included in the 2014 publication Dubliners 100 (Tramp Press).

 
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Jun
16
3:30 PM15:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 3:30PM

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 4PM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
4:30 PM16:30

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 4:30PM

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
4:30 PM16:30

Bloomsday Afternoon Tea - 4:30pm

 
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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 red/white wine or prosecco for an additional €8!

 
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Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Bloomsday Guided Tour - 5PM - SOLD OUT!

 
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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 and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the "Hibernian Metropolis" in the company of our great guides.

Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles St, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. Don’t forget to bring your boater!

 
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Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

The Joyce of Whiskey Deluxe in Association with Irish Food Trail

  • Meeting Point: 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 health declined, Joyce quipped that it would be 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 plates of local food.

 
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Jun
16
to Jun 17

Bella Cohen's Bloomsday Blowout

 
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Back in 1904, the ‘Monto’ area of Dublin was Europe’s largest red-light district. Joyce called it ‘Nighttown’, which was slang amongst journalists for the night shift. The surreal and energetic ‘Circe’ episode of Ulysses unravels on its fantastical streets. “The famished snaggletusks of an elderly bawd protrude from a doorway.”

Bella Cohen’s Bloomsday Blowout is a literary salon with extra O! Who’s getting it up? Hosted by Dublin’s favourite drag king Phil T Gorgeous, it’s a glorious convergence of Bloomsday adventurers and chancers. In one moment it’s an intimate evening of readings and song. In the next it’s shape-shifting midsummer madness.

The dead come to life. The daughters of Erin parody the Celtic Revival. Respectable Dublin ladies become pantomime dames. Three hundred voices sing ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song.’

“God save Leopold the First!”

Bella Cohen’s Bloomsday Blowout is bursting with readings, performances, song, audience participation, comedic interludes and music. All held together yet dragged apart by MC Phil T Gorgeous. Let this literary adventure suck you down the rabbit hole into Joyce’s Dublin.

“Has little mousey any tickles tonight?”

 
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