Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Ulysses Haiku Project – Curated by Nickie Hayden

 
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The Ulysses Haiku Project sees poets and people expressing their experience of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Bloomsday through Haiku. In the words of the curator, Nickie Hayden:

Ulysses was written in such a way that the classically educated person could relish every coded morsel. However, Joyce gave equal weight to the Dublin vernacular. The book delivers a multitude of voices to be interpreted on many levels. I created the Ulysses Haiku Project to collect poems from people from every walk of life. I chose Haiku because every line in Ulysses has the same kind of richness that is carried in each line of a Haiku.”

Print maker Robert Russell was struck by Joyce’s portrayal of Dublin City in Ulysses, with all the diversity and colour of everyday living. He sees parallels in today’s Dublin and the issues that Dubliners face. Working with Stephen Fry, Paula Meehan, Rachael Hegarty, Theo Dorgan and Patricia Ross, Russell has combined his personal response with theirs by imprinting their Haiku on five etched images on copper plates.                       

When visiting the exhibition, you are invited to write your own Ulysses, Joyce or Bloomsday inspired Haiku to become part of the exhibition. You can also email your Haiku to info@jamesjoyce.ie with “Haiku” in the subject heading or tweet @JamesJoyceCentr. Haiku is a short Japanese poetic form usually consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables each, but you don’t have to be that strict.

Nickie Hayden has been a practising artist for 30 years and works in oil painting, sculpture and installation. In recent exhibitions she has worked with groups like the SAOL Project, Fighting Words and The Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Robert Russell attended IADT Dun Laoghaire, specialising in Sculpture, but also working with paint and print. Robert is Studio Director and Master Printer at Graphic Studio Dublin.

Join us at the exhibition opening with poet Rachael Hegarty on 10th June. The exhibition can be visited throughout the Bloomsday Festival and will continue until December 2019.

 
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Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

A Vision of Joyce

 
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An exhibition of work by second-year students at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Students studying both Classical & Computer Animation and Illustration at Higher National Diploma level used James Joyce and his modernist masterpiece Ulysses as a starting point.

The Animation students retraced the steps of Leopold Bloom, producing visual research at locations associated with Ulysses. The work produced at these locations was then developed as background art for a proposed animated film based on the life and works of James Joyce. Working with both traditional and digital illustration techniques the students engaged with both the history and the environment associated with James Joyce and his most famous novel, Ulysses.

The students’ own historical research influenced the style and content of the work they produced. In some cases the students re-imagined places as they may have appeared in the early 20th Century. They attempted to capture the special atmosphere of iconic Joycean locations like The National Library, the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Sweny’s Chemist, Davy Byrne’s Pub, Bewley’s Café, and The James Joyce Centre.

Parallel to this, the Illustration students at Ballyfermot College of Further Education engaged with the text of Ulysses, and were tasked with producing work for a proposed new illustrated edition of the book. Ulysses was divided into forty-seven sections, each student producing four illustrations, experimenting with both media and style. The students’ own critical interpretation of the text influenced their approaches to both concept and form.

Ballyfermot College of Further Education would like to acknowledge the warm welcome and generous support received at all the above locations.

Join us on 10th June for the exhibition opening with the principal of Principal Ballyfermot College of Further Education Cecilia Munro. The exhibition can be visited throughout the Bloomsday Festival and will continue until December 2019.

 
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Jun
11
to Jun 15

Festival Week at the James Joyce Centre

 
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The James Joyce Centre is a lively hub of activity during the Bloomsday Festival. Join us Tuesday to Friday at 1.05pm to read from Ulysses. Write a Haiku about your own Bloomsday story to be added to the ‘Ulysses Haiku Project’ . Enjoy a lunchtime theatrical performance with either ‘Of Thyme and Rosemary’ or ‘Strolling through Ulysses’.

Situated in a stunning Georgian townhouse in the heart of Joyce’s Dublin, a visit to the Centre will help you get under the skin of Joyce’s life and works. See the famous door of Number 7 Eccles Street from Ulysses and the table where Joyce worked on Finnegans Wake. Walk through a recreation of Joyce’s living quarters and interact with ‘A Vision of Joyce’ . The shop has a great selection of books and memorabilia.

The James Joyce Centre hosts evening events during the Festival. On 11th June, there will be a panel discussion on Lucia Joyce . James Joyce is known for writing about life’s intimate moments. On 12th June, join writers Vigdis Hjorth and June Caldwell as they confront the challenge of shedding light on dark and complex aspects of modern life.  Actor Janet Moran, filmmaker Tommy Creagh and illustrator Niall Laverty from At it Again! will discuss Joyce’s impact on their work on 13th June. On 14th June, prepare for Bloomsday with Joycean scholar Caroline Elbay and street carnival fan Maite López, with a whistle stop ride through Ulysses and Bloomsday.

You do not need to book for a daytime visit to the James Joyce Centre from 11 - 15th June. For visits on Bloomsday itself please see here. Tickets for evening events must be booked in advance. Only the ground floor of the Centre is wheelchair-accessible.

 
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Jun
11
11:00 AM11:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Walking Tour

 
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Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his 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 such as Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; North Hardwicke Street, the setting of 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, affectionately known as the ‘Prick with the Stick’. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in English 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 Walking Tour

 
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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.

 
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Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

How to Imagine Lucia Joyce

 
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Who was Lucia Joyce and how might we imagine her?

Lucia has been portrayed in a number of ways: as Joyce’s muse, Samuel Beckett’s lover, an ill-fated dancer, and as clinically insane.

Join us for an evening discussion that explores the merits and pitfalls of imagining who Lucia was, and how to balance creative responsibility while shedding light on an underdeveloped subject. The panel features playwright Caoileann Curry-Thompson and award-winning actress Úna Kavanagh who will perform an excerpt from Curry-Thompson’s play about Lucia, titled Rosefrail and Fair. Film-maker and dancer Áine Stapleton will show research footage from her new film Horrible Creature that is based on Lucia. The panel will be chaired by Genevieve Sartor, who is completing a PhD on Lucia Joyce and psychoanalysis at Trinity College Dublin.

 
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Jun
12
9:00 AM09:00

The Joyce of Breakfast in Association with Boxty House

  • Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House (map)
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Denny, as those who have read Ulysses will be aware, got the kind of plug money can't buy when Leopold Bloom observed a girl in Dlugacz's butchers buying "a pound and a half of Denny's sausages".

Take a leaf out of Leopold Bloom's book and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to enjoy the Bloomsday Festival.  

Each breakfast will be accompanied by performances and dramatic readings from surprise guests who will read from the pages of Ulysses. We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional!) and food inspired from the pages of Joyce.

Dates & times: 12 - 16 June at 9am @ €28 . Duration 90 minutes.

Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House, 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
12
11:00 AM11:00

Ulysses in Sandymount Walking 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 is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
12
2:00 PM14:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Walking 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 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. This tour ends on Kildare Street.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
12
2:00 PM14:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 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 this three-hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You will be brought around to three traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who will 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 will enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry.

Dates & times:
12 June at 2pm, 13 June at 6pm, 14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 5pm, 16 June at 6pm @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Joycean Pub Crawl - SOLD OUT

 
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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!

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

The Joyce of Whiskey in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 ‘JJ 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 Company and whose maternal grandfather John Murray once acted as sales representative for Powers whiskey.

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 2 ½ hour tour will be led by a local expert and features stops at three Irish pubs where you will sample two unique Irish whiskeys and enjoy delicious tasting plates of local food.

This year there are two different themes, The Whiskey Trail Liberties will focus on the whiskey produced in the heart of Dublin City while The Powers Whiskey Quarter is a chance to discover the home of Ireland's most loved Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the working class pubs that Joyce loved.

Dates & times:

12 June at 6pm, 13 June at 6pm - The Whiskey Trail, Liberties @ €69

14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 2pm, 16 June at 6pm - The Powers Quarter @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

On Joyce and Intimacy with writers Vigdis Hjorth and June Caldwell

 
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In association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dublin

James Joyce is known for writing about life’s intimate moments. When Ulysses was published, it was considered obscene and unreadable by some critics. Joyce responded “if Ulysses isn’t fit to read, then life isn’t fit to live”.

Join Norwegian writer Vigdis Hjorth and Dublin-based author June Caldwell for an intimate panel discussion. They will confront the challenges and pleasures of shedding light on dark and complex aspects of modern life. Actor Janet Moran, who played Molly Bloom in the Abbey Theatre Production of Ulysses, will illustrate the discussion with readings from Joyce’s works and letters.

Vigdis Hjorth is a celebrated Norwegian author with a keen eye for current issues. She is known for writing existentialist books that address people’s life choices and living conditions. Her new novel Wills and Testament starts as a classic story of inheritance and sibling dynamics. But during the inheritance discussions another story emerges which brings violent forces into play. It's all about family history.

June Caldwell worked for many years as a journalist before becoming a writer of fiction and has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. Her short story collection Room Little Darker was published In 2017. The Times described it as “an unflinching collection which thuds with life and kicks with horror” and the Independent wrote “Caldwell’s stories are ferocious beasts, kicking and screaming in rabid, frothing rage.” Caldwell has won the Moth International Short Story Prize and been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Her debut novel Little Town Moone is due in 2020.

The evening will be chaired by Dimitra Xidous, author of Keeping Bees. Her work has been published in gorse, The Stinging Fly, and Room Magazine.

 
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Jun
13
9:00 AM09:00

The Joyce of Breakfast in Association with Boxty House

  • Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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Denny, as those who have read Ulysses will be aware, got the kind of plug money can't buy when Leopold Bloom observed a girl in Dlugacz's butchers buying "a pound and a half of Denny's sausages".

Take a leaf out of Leopold Bloom's book and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to enjoy the Bloomsday Festival.  

Each breakfast will be accompanied by performances and dramatic readings from surprise guests who will read from the pages of Ulysses. We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional!) and food inspired from the pages of Joyce.

Dates & times: 12 - 16 June at 9am @ €28 . Duration 90 minutes.

Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House, 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
13
11:00 AM11:00

Dubliners Walking Tour - SOLD OUT

 
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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 around O’Connell Street.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
13
1:05 PM13:05

Of Thyme and Rosemary

 
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Enjoy an informal rehearsed reading of the one-act play ‘Of Thyme and Rosemary’, a conversation between James Joyce and Marcel Proust. The authors first met on 18 May 1922 at a private dinner party at the Hotel Majestic in Paris.  Among the guests were fellow icons of Modernism Diaghilev, Stravinsky and Picasso. The conversation between Proust and Joyce was variously reported. According to one account, Joyce complained about his eyes and Proust his stomach. Written by Boston-based playwright Debbie Wiess, ‘Of Thyme and Rosemary’ depicts an imagined second meeting, in which the iconic writers had a true meeting of minds over some white wine.  

A founding member of Boston-based Here Comes Everybody Players, Cathal Stephens has been performing work related to James Joyce and his work for over twenty-five years.  He has performed at literary conferences and festivals throughout North America and Europe.

Jack Walsh studied mime and Theatre in Paris and has played on almost every stage in Ireland. He volunteers at Sweny’s Joycean Pharmacy and will play Leopold Bloom in ‘A Play on Ulysses’ in Blackrock on 16th June. He is currently working on a one man show called ‘Welcome To Ireland’ at the Axis Theatre, Ballymun.

Debbie Wiess is a Boston-based writer, director and producer. She is a published author and her work has been presented throughout the US and abroad. ‘Of Thyme and Rosemary’ is her second play about iconic authors James Joyce and Marcel Proust.

 
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Joyce & Yeats Tour
Jun
13
2:00 PM14:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 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 this three-hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You will be brought around to three traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who will 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 will enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry.

Dates & times:
12 June at 2pm, 13 June at 6pm, 14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 5pm, 16 June at 6pm @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

The Joyce of Whiskey in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 ‘JJ 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 Company and whose maternal grandfather John Murray once acted as sales representative for Powers whiskey.

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 2 ½ hour tour will be led by a local expert and features stops at three Irish pubs where you will sample two unique Irish whiskeys and enjoy delicious tasting plates of local food.

This year there are two different themes, The Whiskey Trail Liberties will focus on the whiskey produced in the heart of Dublin City while The Powers Whiskey Quarter is a chance to discover the home of Ireland's most loved Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the working class pubs that Joyce loved.

Dates & times:

12 June at 6pm, 13 June at 6pm - The Whiskey Trail, Liberties @ €69

14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 2pm, 16 June at 6pm - The Powers Quarter @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
13
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
13
6:30 PM18:30

Go and Create Something

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In the final chapter of Ulysses, Molly Bloom reflects “I wouldnt give a snap of my two fingers for all their learning why dont they go and create something”.

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 Festival, we’ll be celebrating Joyce’s effect on the non-literary arts by bringing together actor Janet Moran, filmmaker Tommy Creagh and illustrator Niall Laverty from At it Again! They will discuss Joyce’s impact on their practice.

Actor Janet Moran played Molly Bloom in the Abbey Theatre Production of Ulysses. Known for her roles in Trivia (2011), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and The Butcher Boy (1997), Moran recently co-hosted the Irish Times Theatre Awards. Her play-writing credentials include ‘A Holy Show’ and ‘Swing’, an international hit about dancing and music and love, in which she also performed.

Niall Laverty is an illustrator and gesture drawing teacher. He is currently a part-time lecturer on the Animation course at the National Film School. At it Again! bring Irish literature to life. They celebrate Irish writers and their works with fun pocket books and other literary gifts.

Tommy Creagh is an award winning Filmmaker & Playwright. He has a passion for poetry and how it can be brought into the cinema. His film ‘Land of Winter’ is inspired by Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’ and follows a troubled young man between pubs, whilst snow clouds loom over Dublin. The short film will be shown at the event.

Extra screening: ‘Land of Winter’ will have a Bloomsday screening as part of the Elevation Indie Film Awards. Book tickets here. Screening of ‘Land of Winter’ on 16th June from 6.45 - 8pm at the Sugar Club, 8 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2.

 
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Jun
14
9:00 AM09:00

The Joyce of Breakfast in Association with Boxty House

  • Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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Denny, as those who have read Ulysses will be aware, got the kind of plug money can't buy when Leopold Bloom observed a girl in Dlugacz's butchers buying "a pound and a half of Denny's sausages".

Take a leaf out of Leopold Bloom's book and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to enjoy the Bloomsday Festival.  

Each breakfast will be accompanied by performances and dramatic readings from surprise guests who will read from the pages of Ulysses. We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional!) and food inspired from the pages of Joyce.

Dates & times: 12 - 16 June at 9am @ €28 . Duration 90 minutes.

Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House, 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
14
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 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, Clifton House and North Richmond Street, enjoy your lunch in the beautiful village of Glasthule and head to the James Joyce Tower & Museum before returning to the city via Sandymount Strand.

Please Note: Tour does not include cost of lunch.

 
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Jun
14
11:00 AM11:00

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Walking 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 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. This tour ends on Kildare Street.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
14
2:00 PM14:00

The Joyce of Whiskey in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 ‘JJ 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 Company and whose maternal grandfather John Murray once acted as sales representative for Powers whiskey.

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 2 ½ hour tour will be led by a local expert and features stops at three Irish pubs where you will sample two unique Irish whiskeys and enjoy delicious tasting plates of local food.

This year there are two different themes, The Whiskey Trail Liberties will focus on the whiskey produced in the heart of Dublin City while The Powers Whiskey Quarter is a chance to discover the home of Ireland's most loved Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the working class pubs that Joyce loved.

Dates & times:

12 June at 6pm, 13 June at 6pm - The Whiskey Trail, Liberties @ €69

14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 2pm, 16 June at 6pm - The Powers Quarter @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
14
2:00 PM14:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Walking 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 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 such as Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; North Hardwicke Street, the setting of 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, affectionately known as the ‘Prick with the Stick’. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in English 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.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
14
2:00 PM14:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 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 this three-hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You will be brought around to three traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who will 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 will enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry.

Dates & times:
12 June at 2pm, 13 June at 6pm, 14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 5pm, 16 June at 6pm @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
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Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Ulysses for All - SOLD OUT

 
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Prepare for Bloomsday with Dubliner and Joycean scholar Caroline Elbay and street carnival fan Maite López from At it Again! You’ll be taken on a whistle stop ride through the 18 episodes of Ulysses and learn about Joyce’s life and times. You’ll discover the origins of Bloomsday and hear stories about Dublin, its characters and buildings, that sit at the heart of Joyce’s writings. Joyce’s epic book has a reputation for being inaccessible and difficult, but Ulysses for All will show you that this perception is far from true. Ulysses is full of humour, insight and beauty.

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco while you are guided through Ulysses and the traditions that make the Bloomsday Festival so colourful. You will 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.

Along the way, you will pick up ideas 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.

Join us on our Dublin odyssey and put the YOU into Ulysses this Bloomsday.

This event is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative event or tour to book!

 
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Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

The Joyce of Breakfast in Association with Boxty House

  • Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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Denny, as those who have read Ulysses will be aware, got the kind of plug money can't buy when Leopold Bloom observed a girl in Dlugacz's butchers buying "a pound and a half of Denny's sausages".

Take a leaf out of Leopold Bloom's book and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to enjoy the Bloomsday Festival.  

Each breakfast will be accompanied by performances and dramatic readings from surprise guests who will read from the pages of Ulysses. We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional!) and food inspired from the pages of Joyce.

Dates & times: 12 - 16 June at 9am @ €28 . Duration 90 minutes.

Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House, 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Bloomsday Eve Bus

 
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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 for a two and a half hour tour of some of the city’s key Joycean landmarks in the company of our local guide, who will 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 will get a free copy of Romping through Ulysses, an illustrated pocket guide to the big book that will help you navigate your Bloomsday adventure.

 
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Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Introducing Joyce's Dublin Walking 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 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 such as Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; North Hardwicke Street, the setting of 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, affectionately known as the ‘Prick with the Stick’. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in English 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.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

Dubliners Walking Tour - SOLD OUT

 
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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 around O’Connell Street.

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

The Joyce of Whiskey in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 ‘JJ 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 Company and whose maternal grandfather John Murray once acted as sales representative for Powers whiskey.

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 2 ½ hour tour will be led by a local expert and features stops at three Irish pubs where you will sample two unique Irish whiskeys and enjoy delicious tasting plates of local food.

This year there are two different themes, The Whiskey Trail Liberties will focus on the whiskey produced in the heart of Dublin City while The Powers Whiskey Quarter is a chance to discover the home of Ireland's most loved Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the working class pubs that Joyce loved.

Dates & times:

12 June at 6pm, 13 June at 6pm - The Whiskey Trail, Liberties @ €69

14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 2pm, 16 June at 6pm - The Powers Quarter @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 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 this three-hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You will be brought around to three traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who will 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 will enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry.

Dates & times:
12 June at 2pm, 13 June at 6pm, 14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 5pm, 16 June at 6pm @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
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Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Bloomsday Interview - Senator David Norris in conversation with Anne Doyle

 
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Supported by Dublin City Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Every Dubliner has their own story about James Joyce, and no one more so than our best-known Joycean, Senator David Norris. Senator Norris has been at the heart of Joyce’s Dublin for nearly sixty years. For our Bloomsday Interview, Senator Norris will sit down with Irish journalist, RTE presenter and former newsreader Anne Doyle to discuss all things Joyce. The interview will take place in Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College.

David Norris was Senior Lecturer in the Department of English in Trinity College Dublin for almost 30 years. Students from across faculties crammed into his stimulating lectures. He wrote Introducing Joyce: A Graphic Guide, edited the International James Joyce Symposium and helped organise the Joyce Centenary Celebrations in Dublin in 1982. He was instrumental in establishing the Bloomsday Festival which is now celebrated all over the world on the 16th of June each year.

David Norris is one of Ireland’s leading Joyce scholars, was Founding Chairman of the James Joyce Centre and the North Great Georges Street Preservation Society. He is also known for his work on national and international human and civil rights and equality issues as well as the conservation of Dublin’s architectural heritage. David Norris was a candidate in the Irish Presidential election 2011. His autobiography A Kick Against the Pricks has been nominated for several prizes. As the longest serving member of Seanad Eireann,  Senator David Norris became “Father of the House” in 2011.

Join us on Bloomsday Eve for what promises to be a magical evening. As part of the event, Senator Norris will present The David Norris Award for significant contribution to Joycean Dublin and Bloomsday to this year’s winner.

 
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Jun
15
to Jun 16

The Poetry Brothel: O, Rocks!

  • The Church Bar & Restaurant (map)
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This year’s Poetry Brothel celebration of James Joyce finds itself asking its contributors to take Molly’s words to heart: “O, rocks, tell us in plain words”. Joyce’s world and characters have indeed undergone ‘metempsychosis’ at an alarming rate as each new generation of readers absorbs, adopts and refashions Bloomsday in their own image. This year we celebrate the city itself, the characters and situations of Dublin common to us all. Like Wandering Rocks transmigrating through this city from dawn until dusk (from birth until death), it is Dublin herself that we celebrate and we invite you to celebrate with us!

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. Don’t miss your chance to experience it this Bloomsday. Doors at 9pm.

Doors at 9pm.

 
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Jun
16
8:00 AM08:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 8am

 
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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.

* If you would like a vegetarian breakfast or if you have any dietary requirements please email bloomsday@jamesjoyce.ie with your request after you have made your booking. Please put “Bloomsday Breakfast” in the subject heading.

 
 
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Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Bloomsday Walking Tour - 9.00AM

 
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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
9:00 AM09:00

The Joyce of Breakfast in Association with Boxty House

  • Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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Denny, as those who have read Ulysses will be aware, got the kind of plug money can't buy when Leopold Bloom observed a girl in Dlugacz's butchers buying "a pound and a half of Denny's sausages".

Take a leaf out of Leopold Bloom's book and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to enjoy the Bloomsday Festival.  

Each breakfast will be accompanied by performances and dramatic readings from surprise guests who will read from the pages of Ulysses. We serve a traditional Irish breakfast with pork kidneys (optional!) and food inspired from the pages of Joyce.

Dates & times: 12 - 16 June at 9am @ €28 . Duration 90 minutes.

Meeting Point: Gallaghers Boxty House, 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
16
9:30 AM09:30

Bloomsday Walking 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

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 for a two and a half hour tour of some of the city’s key Joycean landmarks in the company of our local guide, who will 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 will get a free copy of Romping through Ulysses, an illustrated pocket guide to the big book that will help you navigate your Bloomsday adventure.

 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 10am

 
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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.

* If you would like a vegetarian breakfast or if you have any dietary requirements please email bloomsday@jamesjoyce.ie with your request after you have made your booking. Please put “Bloomsday Breakfast” in the subject heading.

 
 
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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 visits on the day.

Actor Cathal Stephens will surprise you in the rear of the premises with stories about James Joyce and the Centre. You’ll be delighted as he performs short extracts from Ulysses. After which, you can explore our exhibition floor, 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!

A founding member of Boston-based Here Comes Everybody Players, Cathal Stephens has been performing work related to James Joyce and his work for over twenty-five years.  He has performed at literary conferences and festivals throughout North America and Europe and has delighted audiences at Dublin’s Bloomsday Festival for several years.

Times: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm on June 16th. Duration of each visit is 60 minutes approx.

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
11:30 AM11:30

Bloomsday Walking Tour - 11.30AM - 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!

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Bloomsday Breakfast - 12pm

 
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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.

* If you would like a vegetarian breakfast or if you have any dietary requirements please email bloomsday@jamesjoyce.ie with your request after you have made your booking. Please put “Bloomsday Breakfast” in the subject heading.

 
 
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Jun
16
12:30 PM12:30

Bloomsday Walking Tour - 12.30PM - 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!

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Bloomsday Walking 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!

This tour is now Sold Out, please have a look over the rest of the programme to discover an alternative tour to book!

 
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Jun
16
1:30 PM13:30

Bloomsday Walking 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
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.

 
 
 
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Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Bloomsday Walking 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 Walking Tour - 2.30PM - 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 gorgonzola sandwiches, Banbury cakes and more sweets and treats inspired by Ulysses whilst sipping fine loose leaf teas. As you enjoy the atmosphere, legendary Irish actress Mary McEvoy (Biddy, Glenroe) and Dublin-born International soprano Sandra Oman in the roles of Nora Barnacle and Molly Bloom, will conjure up the world of Joyce through chat, songs and extracts from the Big Blue Book of Eccles.

Need to give your afternoon a bit of a kick? Add a glass of prosecco for an additional €8.

* If you have any dietary requirements please email bloomsday@jamesjoyce.ie with your request after you have made your booking. Please put “Afternoon Tea” in the subject heading.

 
 
 
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Jun
16
2:30 PM14:30

bloominauschwitz (matinee)

 
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Something is very wrong for Leopold Bloom, worldwide phenomenon & hero of Ulysses. Visitations from the future, ghosts from the past and the burning question ‘Who am I and where do I belong?!’. The only clues lie in his one day of literary life – 16th June 1904 – written for him by Joyce.

As the storm clouds of history gather, Bloom escapes the confines of his book to embark on a new odyssey of remembering and forgetting. Bounding back and forth through time, he attempts to discover his true identity through his Jewish roots. Instead, he falls into the decimated heart of Europe to find an altogether more terrifying story waiting for him.

Patrick Morris delivers a Herculean performance as Bloom in this tour-de-force which mixes clownish antics with high drama, rich stories and powerful imagery.

bloominauschwitz defiantly celebrates open-heartedness in the face of hatred and fear. It surprises, appalls and delights in equal measure, marking it as truly fit for our turbulent times.

breathtakingly skillful performance Edinburgh Reporter

wonderful work with a timely message Edinburgh Fringe Review

Written by Richard Fredman

Directed by Rachel Aspinwall

Performed by Patrick Morris

 
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Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Bloomsday Readings & Songs

 
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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 have Christine Dwyer Hickey at the helm in Wolfe Tone Square, in the heart of Joyce’s Dublin. Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist, playwright and short story writer. Her 8th novel The Narrow Land was recently published by Atlantic UK. She has won several awards including the Kerry Group Novel of the Year (2012) and the Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards (2017). Her novels are widely translated. She has often stated that as reader, writer and Dubliner, she is indebted to Mr Joyce.

Please Note: This is a free event and you do not need to book a ticket.

 
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Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Bloomsday Walking 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
3:30 PM15:30

Bloomsday Walking 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 Walking Tour - 4PM

 
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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 Walking 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 gorgonzola sandwiches, Banbury cakes and more sweets and treats inspired by Ulysses whilst sipping fine loose leaf teas. As you enjoy the atmosphere, legendary Irish actress Mary McEvoy (Biddy, Glenroe) and Dublin-born International soprano Sandra Oman in the roles of Nora Barnacle and Molly Bloom, will conjure up the world of Joyce through chat, songs and extracts from the Big Blue Book of Eccles.

Need to give your afternoon a bit of a kick? Add a glass of prosecco for an additional €8.

* If you have any dietary requirements please email bloomsday@jamesjoyce.ie with your request after you have made your booking. Please put “Afternoon Tea” in the subject heading.

 
 
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Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Bloomsday Walking Tour - 5PM

 
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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
6:00 PM18:00

The Joyce of Food in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 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 this three-hour food and drink tour inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses.

You will be brought around to three traditional Irish eateries by a local professional guide, who will 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 will enjoy starters, mains and desserts all paired with a glass of Irish beer, cider, or wine - you won’t go home hungry.

Dates & times:
12 June at 2pm, 13 June at 6pm, 14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 5pm, 16 June at 6pm @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
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Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

The Joyce of Whiskey in Association with Irish Food Trail

 
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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 ‘JJ 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 Company and whose maternal grandfather John Murray once acted as sales representative for Powers whiskey.

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 2 ½ hour tour will be led by a local expert and features stops at three Irish pubs where you will sample two unique Irish whiskeys and enjoy delicious tasting plates of local food.

This year there are two different themes, The Whiskey Trail Liberties will focus on the whiskey produced in the heart of Dublin City while The Powers Whiskey Quarter is a chance to discover the home of Ireland's most loved Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the working class pubs that Joyce loved.

Dates & times:

12 June at 6pm, 13 June at 6pm - The Whiskey Trail, Liberties @ €69

14 June at 2pm, 15 June at 2pm, 16 June at 6pm - The Powers Quarter @ €69

Meeting Point: Adventure Trails, Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

 
 
 
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Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

bloominauschwitz (evening show)

 
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Something is very wrong for Leopold Bloom, worldwide phenomenon & hero of Ulysses. Visitations from the future, ghosts from the past and the burning question ‘Who am I and where do I belong?!’. The only clues lie in his one day of literary life – 16th June 1904 – written for him by Joyce.

As the storm clouds of history gather, Bloom escapes the confines of his book to embark on a new odyssey of remembering and forgetting. Bounding back and forth through time, he attempts to discover his true identity through his Jewish roots. Instead, he falls into the decimated heart of Europe to find an altogether more terrifying story waiting for him.

Patrick Morris delivers a Herculean performance as Bloom in this tour-de-force which mixes clownish antics with high drama, rich stories and powerful imagery.

bloominauschwitz defiantly celebrates open-heartedness in the face of hatred and fear. It surprises, appalls and delights in equal measure, marking it as truly fit for our turbulent times.

breathtakingly skillful performance Edinburgh Reporter

wonderful work with a timely message Edinburgh Fringe Review

Written by Richard Fredman

Directed by Rachel Aspinwall

Performed by Patrick Morris

 
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Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Bloomsday Blowout - a Joyce-inspired Cabaret

 
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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.”

The Bloomsday Blowout is a literary salon inspired by James Joyce. 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.

Let this literary adventure suck you down the rabbit hole into Joyce’s Dublin.

“Has little mousey any tickles tonight?”

 
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