Sweny’s Pharmacy is famously featured in the fifth chapter of Joyce’s Ulysses, known as the ‘Lotus Eaters’ episode. This delightful little shop has survived since 1847 and today still has all its original fixtures and fittings. Now run by volunteers, Sweny’s opens its doors to welcome people on their Bloomsday adventure. Wait by the counter like Leopold Bloom, absorbing the authentic atmosphere. Watch the chemist at work with his herbs and ointments, among "all his alabaster lilypots". Pick up a bar of lemon soap that you can carry with you all day, just like Bloom. Get involved in a reading of Ulysses, enjoy a cup of tea and share epic tales about your own life. You might even get a chance to join in an Edwardian singsong!
From Monday 11 to Friday 15 June, a performance/reading will take place in Sweny’s at 12.30pm (daytime) from the chapter that made it famous, ‘Lotus Eaters’.
On Bloomsday itself, there will be merriment in this hidden Joycean gem throughout the day and into the evening, starting with a Bloomsday Breakfast from 10am at Kennedy’s pub across the street at which there will be readings and performances.