"When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart." - James Joyce
On 16 June 1904, Glasnevin Cemetery was the venue for the funeral of the fictional Paddy Dignam, attended by Joyce’s protagonist Leopold Bloom in Ulysses. Today, it’s not unusual to see dedicated Joyceans make the annual trip to Glasnevin in hired horse-drawn carriages; some even rent a hearse for full authenticity.
This year to celebrate this historic date Glasnevin Cemetery Museum will run a series of events including a Joycean themed breakfast & lunch in the Tower Café, a reading of the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses performed by the Joycestagers, and a Joycean tour of the cemetery itself.
10am - 3pm: Special Joycean Breakfast and Lunch in the Tower Café.
11.30am: Re-enactment of the funeral procession of Paddy Dignam from the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses.
12.15pm: A Joycean Tour of the heart of the Hibernian necropolis, Glasnevin Cemetery, which has many significant links to Joyce’s life and writing.