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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
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
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
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
2:30 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
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
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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