Jun
1
to Jun 9

Songs of Joyce - Supper theatre at Bewleys Cafe

 
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Start your Bloomsday celebrations with a feast of entertainment and food in the beautiful Edwardian surroundings of Bewley’s Grafton Street. Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy will bring you to the heart of James Joyce’s Dublin with their award-winning musical theatre show. Joyce’s Dublin a very noisy place full of bells and whistles, drunken cries and raucous laughter. It is a city full of singers and composers, of music hall and pantomime artistes, of pub concerts and organ grinders. But it is music that is central the city’s soundscape. Songs of Joyce will bring you on a fabulous musical journey through Joyce’s writing from Ulysses, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners and Finnegans Wake. A light supper will be served from 7pm.

“Delightful cabaret piece…a rare insight into the contemporary popular music that haunted James Joyce’s imagination”, The Scotsman

“A Joycean feast of Music-hall memories…delightful”, Belfast Telegraph.

Booking: €30 per ticket, light supper included.

Dates: Thursday 30th May - Sunday 2nd June, Thursday 6th June - Sunday 9th June.

Time: begins at 7pm.

 
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Jun
7
9:00 AM09:00

Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally & Lunch

 
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Now in its 26th year, the annual Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally & Lunch is one of the highlights of the Irish Youth Foundation's fundraising calendar. Starting at Stephen’s Green, participants cycle around the city on vintage bikes, many in Bloomsday attire. The bicycles will ring in unison as our Edwardian ladies and gentlemen tour Dublin’s fair city, making pit-stops along the way for well-deserved refreshments at friendly public houses. If you’re not a cyclist, you can be one of the 350 lunch guests to welcome the rally to its final destination, the Round Room at the Mansion House.

Price List:

Table of 10 for Lunch in the Round Room plus one messenger bike in the rally: €1,300.

Lunch for one in the Round Room plus one messenger bike in the rally: €250

Buddy Offer - Lunch for two in the Round Room plus two messenger bikes in the rally: €400

Additional bikes: €150

To book, email Sarah Edmonds on sarah@iyf.ie with your request.

 
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Jun
10
to Jun 16

Bewley’s Café Theatre Presents: Blooming Ulysses

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‘Blooming Ulysses’ is a one-man stage adaptation by Gerry Farrell of James Joyce's Ulysses that invites the audience to accompany the central protagonist Leopold Bloom on his wanderings around Dublin. It is a humorous and energetic performance that has been acclaimed by theatre goers and academics alike. It serves as an excellent introduction to the novel. This fine production has travelled the world receiving rave reviews wherever it goes and we are delighted to present it at Bewley's for the Bloomsday festival.

"An incredible performance that brought this great work to life. Gerry moved with ease from the meandering stream of consciousness of Bloom…to the energetic and hilarious Citizen in the Cyclops episode. This is a must see show for anyone interested in understanding and enjoying this great work". Professor Gordon Turnbull, Yale University USA.

Dates & Times: 10 - 16 June @ 1pm (doors open at 12.50pm) .

Extra performance on Bloomsday 16 June at 3pm.

Ticket: €8 - €12.

 
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Jun
10
to Jun 16

The Dublin Ulysses Tour

 
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David Halpin has been discussing James Joyce's magnificent novel every week since Bloomsday 2016. This acclaimed walking tour begins in one of the city’s most treasured literary pubs - The Palace Bar - and aims to unravel a puzzle and an enigma: why is Ulysses considered one of the greatest novels in world literature? And why is it considered so difficult to read?

Starting with a sit-down introduction, the tour develops into a relaxed stroll through south Dublin exploring Joyce’s book and its relationship to the city that is written in his heart. Along the way expect to visit some famous landmarks and impressive artworks, and delight in hearing music, readings, and stories from Joyce’s life and work. If you have read the novel you will relish the experience of having it sharpened into focus by a big fan, and if you haven’t, this three-hour interactive experience is the perfect introduction. Booking recommended.

 
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Jun
11
to Jun 16

Bloomsday at Sweny’s Pharmacy

 
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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 Tuesday 11 to Sunday 16 June, a performance will take place in Sweny's at 12.30pm 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 10 am at Kennedy's Pub across the street at which there will be readings and performances.

 
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Jun
11
to Jun 16

"Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub" challenge.

 
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‘‘Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub." - Leopold Bloom, Ulysses.

A walking tour of Dublin - both North & South, with plenty of fresh air & exercise. A tour with a difference, this will tick a number of boxes for the discerning traveller.

✔ Taking in traditional & non-traditional tourist sights, the best of both worlds!

✔ A sense of achievement - That you met the challenge and didn't get distracted by a pub.

✔ Certificate provided after to say that you crossed Dublin successfully without passing a pub.

✔ A reward of a pint at the end!

Booking:

Dates: 11 - 16 June 2019.

Times: 1-4pm

Price: €35

 
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Jun
11
to Jun 16

Bloomsday Festival at The James Joyce Tower & Museum, Sandycove

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The original Bloomsday began here at the Martello Tower in Sandycove, which is now home to the James Joyce Tower & Museum. A week of special events begins on Tuesday 11th June with a lively performance of ‘Tunes at the Tower’ by Darina Gallagher and Sinéad Murphy, celebrating Joyce in song at 2pm and 4pm.

On Wednesday 12th June Robert Gogan’s one-man show ‘Strolling through Ulysses’ will be performed at 3 pm. On Thursday 13th June Aidan Coleman presents ‘Songs of Joyce, Beckett, Yeats and Wilde’, a musical odyssey through their lives and works in performances at 12 noon and 3pm. On Friday 14th June actor Caitríona Ní Threasaigh presents her own acclaimed performance of ‘Molly Bloom’ at 2pm and 4pm. More music follows on Saturday 15th June with a performance at 2pm by Irish tenor and Joycean music specialist Noel O’Grady. His show ‘Ode to James Joyce: Portrait of a Tenor’ explores Joyce’s life and love in poetry, music and story.

On Sunday 16th June the Tower opens at 8am for Bloomsday festivities. Actor Bryan Murray will read excerpts from Ulysses at intervals over the morning and early afternoon. Throughout the day, there will be occasional performances by Caitríona Ní Threasaigh and traditional contributions by Joycean pilgrims and the visitors from around the world.

Admission for all events is free and no booking is required.

These events are kindly supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Friends of Joyce Tower Society.

 
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Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

The Heaventree of Stars at Dunsink Observatory

 
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Supported by DIAS, Maths Week Ireland, Joyceboro and Dublin City Public Libraries.

The Heaventree of Stars is a Bloomsday celebration of astronomy, maths, music and science in Ulysses. This beautiful summer’s evening of readings, discussions and music will be held in the original meridian room of the observatory, now part of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).

Contributors will include Prof. Luke Drury (DIAS), Eoin Gill (Maths Week Ireland) and Des Gunning (Joyceboro). Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy from ‘Songs of Joyce’  will perform music and readings from Joyce’s work. The event will include refreshments and a tour of the observatory.

“The clock is worked by an electric wire from Dunsink. Must go out there....”

Gates open at 7pm. Free, booking required.

 
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Jun
12
3:00 PM15:00

Strolling Through Ulysses! by Robert Gogan

 
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A 75 minute romp through Joyce's famous novel. Written and performed by Robert Gogan, "Strolling Through Ulysses!" unlocks the great masterpiece, bringing the characters to life and unravelling its mysteries in an entertaining and light-hearted show.

Drawing on extracts from the novel which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce's writing - the comical, the descriptive and the complex - this show helps make this iconic novel accessible to everyone, without compromising its integrity.

Bawdy, irreverent and great fun. Over 16s only!

Meeting Points for performances:

12 June: The James Joyce Tower & Museum, Sandycove @ 3pm. Free Admission.

14 June: Café du Journal, Monkstown, Co. Dublin @ 6.30pm. Tickets: €15

14 June: The James Joyce Centre @ 1.05pm . Tickets: €10

16 June: The Abbey Tavern, Howth @ 1pm. Tickets: €15

 
 
 
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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Bloomsday @ Epic - Ulysses in Distant Lands

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James Joyce famously said of his home city ‘‘When I die, Dublin will be written on my heart’’. Like the Dublin of Ulysses, contemporary Dublin is a vibrant multicultural cityscape, bursting with stories waiting to be told.

For this event, we have commissioned three Irish-based writers with multicultural backgrounds to write their own personal Odysseys – to give us a flavour of their own home places, whether Ireland or further afield, those places that will be inscribed upon their hearts forever. The evening will feature Ciaran O’Rourke, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Adam Wyeth and Erin Fornoff as well as music from Farah Elle.

This event takes place after hours in the atmospheric vaults of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. The ticket includes a glass of wine.

Tickets €10 booked via link below.

 
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Jun
12
to Jun 16

Judder Theatre Company Presents “A Little Cloud” and “Eveline”

 
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“A Little Cloud” – adapted as a one act play by Patricia Browne

James Joyce’s short story, ‘A Little Cloud’, which first appeared in Dubliners in 1914, has been cleverly contemporized and adapted for theatre in this one act, promenade play. As the audience moves around from one space to another, taking in the action, we follow the journey of Little Chandler, as he meets an old school friend, re-awakening the exuberant aspirations of his youth. Inspired by his friend’s success, Little Chandler attempts to re-kindle the creative impulses he’s long suppressed. Will Little Chandler have the courage to be a writer or will he let his, ‘unfortunate timidity’ as he calls it, continue to dog and define his life? Judder Theatre at Doyle’s pub, situated at College Green welcomes you to this new, dramatic and dynamic adaptation starring Steve Gunn (Fair City) and Vincent Patrick (The Clinic).

Eveline” – adapted as a one act play by Patricia Browne

“She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue. Her head was leaned against the window curtains, and in her nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne.” Eveline is sitting in her home, saying goodbye to all that is familiar to her – her home, her family, Dublin - her entire world. She is leaving for Buenos Aires on the night boat with her fiancé and in saying goodbye, she shares with the audience precious memories of her simple life – at times funny, painful and poignant. Joyce’s short story, ‘Eveline’ has been adapted as a one act, one woman show. It is a story that compels us to contemplate how a sense of belonging is deeply rooted in place, and duty. Join Judder Theatre at Doyle’s pub, located on College Green for this moving production starring Romana Testasecca as Eveline.

Dates & times:

A little Cloud/ Eveline double bill:

Wed 12th June  6.15pm 10€

Thurs 13th June 6.15pm 10€

Fri 14 th  June 6.15pm 10 €

Sat 15th June 6.15pm 10€

Sun 16th June 6.15pm 10€

A Little Cloud lunchtime special:

Thurs 13th June 1.15 PM 8 € 

Fri 14th June 1.15pm 8€

Sat 15th June 1.15pm 8 €

Sun 16th June 3pm 8 €

 
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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

A Joycean Serenata by Il Coro Italiano di Dublino

 
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Join us for a Joycean musical odyssey in St. Ann’s Church, where you will be treated to a rendition of some of Joyce’s favourite songs and arias. The programme will include ‘The Minstrel Boy’, ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’, ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’, ‘Molly Malone’ and many more featured in Joyce’s writings.

Alongside these, you will enjoy some well-loved Italian choruses performed by Il Coro Italiano di Dublino. We will be joined on the night by Mezzo Soprano Brid Ní Ghruagain and Tenor Patrick Hyland. If you feel the pangs of hunger after our concert, step into the Church hall for a little Burgundy and gorgonzola, a few olives and a sociable chat before we bid you ‘adieu, adieu, adieu’.

Bookings: Marianne +353 (0) 87 6487701, Joan +353 (0) 87 2059059, Jo +353 (0) 86 1672636 Eliz +353 (0) 87 2121815 or pay at the door.

Tickets: €20

 
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Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

Dr. Anne Marie D’Arcy - The Shadow of Kishinev in Ulysses at the Irish Jewish Museum

 
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In the ‘Cyclops’ episode of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom defines his Jewishness in racial terms while facing down the notoriously anti-Semitic Citizen. The Citizen insists on defining Bloom’s Jewishness in religious terms. This shift in perspective is informed by Joyce’s knowledge of patristic and medieval anti-Judaic polemic, as situated in the immediate aftermath of the most notorious pogrom of modern times, centred on the Bessarabian city of Kishinev over Easter in 1903.

This lecture will explore previously overlooked references to the Kishinev massacre in Ulysses. It will look at Joyce’s treatment of that most pernicious of medieval myths, the accusation of ritual murder, which sparked the pogrom in Dubossary. Ireland's response to the massacre, most notably the work of Michael Davitt, and how this influences Joyce's conception of the other principal anti-Semite in Ulysses, Mr Deasy, will also be discussed.

Anne Marie D’Arcy is Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Language at the University of Leicester and Visiting Research Fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She co-curated the Marsh’s Library exhibition ‘James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile’ and is currently completing Joyce and the Irish Middle Ages: Saints, Sages, and Insular Culture.

You might like to visit the museum during the Bloomsday Festival. It is open Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sun from 11am-3pm for guided tours.

Bookings for lecture event please email: info@jewishmuseum.ie

Doors at 6.45pm includes museum tour on June 12th.

Tickets: €7/ €5

 
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Jun
13
to Jun 16

Olives, Oysters and Oranges at The Olivier Cornet Gallery.

 
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The Olivier Cornet Gallery has been involved in Bloomsday celebrations since its owner moved to the area in 2014. This year the exhibition is a reference to Dr Flicka Small’s excellent thesis which looks at the semiotics of food in Ulysses. The show will feature watercolour paintings by two of the gallery artists, Yanny Petters and Eoin Mac Lochlainn, as well as invited artists Michelle Boyle, Áine Divine and John Keating. The exhibition will also incorporate 'Penelope', filmed by Conor Tobin, performed by Caitríona Ní Threasaigh and Aaron Hughes. The exhibition will open on Thursday 13th June 7pm and will run throughout Bloomsday week.

On Saturday 15th June and Sunday 16th June, Dublin Sketchers, will present an exhibition of sketchbooks, also on the theme of food, in the beautiful Blue Room above the gallery.

On Sunday 16th June, from 3pm onwards, visitors will be able to indulge in a selection of food and cheeses from our sponsors, the Derry-based award-winning artisan Tamnagh Foods. A live performance of ‘Penelope’ by the artist Caitríona Ní Threasaigh will also take place on the day.

Exhibition Launch 13 June @ 7pm free, no booking required.

Show runs 13 - 30 June from 11am - 8pm.

 
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Jun
14
to Jun 16

Bloomsday Villages across Dublin City

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Community spirit is what makes the Bloomsday Festival so special for many Dubliners, who cherish the chance to celebrate their city’s most famous writer in the company of neighbours and visitors alike.

This year, Dublin City Council in conjunction with these communities have planned a stellar line-up of activities in Beggars Bush, Harold’s Cross, Merrion Square, Portobello, Rathgar, Rathmines,  Sandymount and Terenure. Have a look at the full schedule and join in the fun this Bloomsday.


Terenure 

Event organised in partnership with the Evergreen Club 

Bloomsday Tea Dance: 14 June | 2pm | The Evergreen Centre, 70 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6W 

Don your Edwardian garb and dance along to the music of Past Times at this event for older people.


Beggars Bush

Event organised in partnership with Gráinne O’Kelly and BADRA

The Citizens’ Breakfast: 16 June | 10.30am & 3pm | €15 | Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4

Lively promenade performance with delicious breakfast bites to eat on the Shelbourne Road, around Beggars Bush and in Slattery’s pub. For tickets, call +353 87 223 0833.


Harold’s Cross

Events organised in partnership with Harold’s Cross Village Community Council

Ulysses Goes Wild in Harold’s Cross Park: 16 June | 5pm | Noshington Café, Harold’s Cross Park, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6

 Nature tour with RTÉ and TV3 star Éanna Ní Lamhna inspired by the ‘marriage of trees’ from the ‘Cyclops’ episode of Ulysses.

Seven Scenes from Ulysses: 16 June | 6pm | Noshington Café, Harold’s Cross Park, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6

 Watch Ulysses come to life on the streets of Harold’s Cross in the company of characters from the book.


Merrion Square

Event organised in partnership with Merrion Square Artists Association

Ulysses Goes Wild in Merrion Square: 16 June |1pm | Defence Forces Memorial, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Nature tour in this charming Georgian Square with RTÉ and TV3 star Éanna Ní Lamhna inspired by the ‘marriage of trees’ from the ‘Cyclops’ episode of Ulysses.


Portobello

Event organised in partnership with Portobello Residents Group

Ulysses Goes Wild along the Grand Canal: 16 June | 3pm | Portobello Harbour, Portobello, Dublin 8.

Nature tour with RTÉ and TV3 star Éanna Ní Lamhna inspired by the ‘marriage of trees’ from the ‘Cyclops’ episode of Ulysses.

Seven Scenes from Ulysses: 16 June | 4pm | Portobello Harbour, Portobello, Dublin 8.   

Portobello is immortalised in Ulysses with Leopold Bloom’s house and birthplace set on Upper Clanbrassil Street. Watch Ulysses come to life on the streets of Portobello.


Rathgar

Events organised in partnership with Rathgar Traders & Community

A Literary and Historical Tour of Rathgar: 16 June | 11am | Herzog Park, Rathgar, Dublin 6.

Join author and historian Ged Walsh for a tour around Rathgar, the birthplace of James Joyce, to learn about the area’s rich history and connections to Ulysses.


Rathmines

Event organised in partnership with Rathmines Fair in the Square

Fair in the Bloomin’ Square: 16 June | 11am- 5pm | Belgrave Square, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Fun for all the family in the park with live music, dog show, picnic, games, yoga, art and lots more to help celebrate Bloomsday!

Seven Scenes from Ulysses: 16 June | 2pm | Mortons, Dunville Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Enjoy a walk to Belgrave Square as you watch Ulysses come alive in the company of Leopold Bloom and other characters from the book.


Sandymount

Events organised in conjunction with the Iris Charles Centre and Sandymount Tidy Towns Community Association.

Bloomsday Breakfast: 16 June | 10am | €15 | Iris Charles Centre, Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Traditional Bloomsday Breakfast and entertainment at the Iris Charles Centre. For tickets, call Claire to book on +353 87 236 8548

Bloomsday on the Green: 16 June | 1pm | Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Join a host of Joycean characters for recitals, music, theatre, dance and kidneys!

 
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Jun
14
11:00 AM11:00

Rejoyce'N'Art Exhibition

 
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“In our own words, Art draws you out of yourself”.

Shine - Dublin Resource Centre, and located at 13 Belvedere Court, is holding an open day on Friday 14th of June to display various works produced by men and women in the process of recovery from mental ill-health. Shine was founded as The Lucia Foundation and named after James Joyce's daughter Lucia who lived with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Information: Doors will be open between 11am and 3pm on Frday 14th June. This is a free event.

Running alongside their Open Day on June 14th, an exhibition of art will be displayed by men and women in recovery from mental ill-health. The week-long exhibition in Charleville Mall Library in Dublin 1 and will run from 10th - 15th June.

 
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Jun
14
11:00 AM11:00

'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again'

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Heaney once said that the English language itself is opened “like an accordion…at the hands of a musician” in Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses.

Join us for a special Bloomsday Festival tour of ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’ as our guides explain some interesting connections with James Joyce, give you an insight into Heaney’s life and show early drafts of his work. Entry to exhibit is via Westmoreland Street entrance.

Booking: 14 - 15 June @ 11am, free but ticketed.

 
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Jun
15
to Jun 16

International Bloomsday at the National Library of Ireland

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In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dublin. We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Allianz.

On 15 June at 12pm we will hostAn Italian Bloomsday’ (conversation in Italian) - a journey into the presence of James Joyce's works in Italian culture, with Stefano Bartezzaghi, Edoardo Camurri, Fabio Pedone and Enrico Terrinoni.

On Sunday 16 June at 1pm, ‘Love’s Old Sweet Songs: Italian Opera in Joyce’s Ulysses’ - a concert curated by John McCourt featuring a selection of classic Italian opera and some Irish airs and excerpts from ballad opera, central to Joyce’s Ulysses. With Ilaria Zanetti (soprano), Alessandro Cortello (tenor), and Alessandra Sagelli Caoduro (piano). Professor John McCourt (University of Macerata) will give introductions outlining the importance of the arias within Ulysses.

On Sunday 16 June at 3pm we will host a lecture: 'The Words of Ibsen' in association with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dublin. Professor Tore Rem, from the University of Oslo will discuss the influence the life and works of Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen had on the young James Joyce.

For bookings, please email: booking@nli.ie

 
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Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Joyce on Film: 2 Shorts: 'Land of Winter' and 'Penelope'.

 
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Tommy Creagh's award winning film Land of Winter is a new story inspired by Dubliners The Dead. A young man staggers through Dublin's cold streets hopelessly searching for a pub still serving on a dark winter's night on the brink of snowfall.

Caitríona Ní Threasaigh's film, Penelope, is an adaptation of Molly's Soliloquy from Ulysses. As Land of Winter is inspired by the final passage of Dubliners, Penelope is from the final chapter of Ulysses, probably the two most iconic and celebrated passages in all of Joyce's work. Penelope uses cinematic language to breathe new life into this famous soliloquy. Through performance poetic imagery and sound, Molly's stream of consciousness is presented in a new, refreshing way.

Both films compliment each other, giving a good range of Joycean flavours, learned audiences experiencing the material anew while those unfamiliar finding it accessible and engaging. This joint screening will be an exciting addition to the Bloomsday Festival celebrations.

Showings: 15th June at 7pm and 8pm. Each screening approx. 45 mins in duration.

Tickets: €5.50

 
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Jun
15
to Jun 16

Dalkey Bloomsday Festival (15&16 June)

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A Joycean evening: on June 15 at 20.00. Begin your Joycean celebrations on the eve of Bloomsday in Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre on Saturday June 15th at 20.00 hours. A team of actors will perform enlightening extracts from ‘Ulysses’, ‘Dubliners,’ A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ and more. Tenor Simon Morgan and a Soprano will be accompanied by Josh Johnston in songs that James Joyce sang or which feature in his work. Must be pre-booked. Admission is €17.50

Dalkey Schoolroom Scene: on June 16 at 15:30: The Nestor Episode from ‘Ulysses’ will be brought to life before your eyes in a memorable dramatisation featuring Mr Deasy, (Headmaster) and Stephen Dedalus (James Joyce). There are surprising Dalkey connections with Joyce which will be uncovered in the guided Joycean Walk, led by an expert Joycean Guide immediately afterwards. Must be pre-booked. Admission €15.00.

 
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Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

How to Marry a Literary Genius

 
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A literary cabaret celebrating the impenetrable reputation of Ulysses, gods, goddesses and overt sexuality, inspired by a 1955 photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading the final pages of Ulysses. Joyce and Monroe brought art and infamy to their marriages. Nora Barnacle, a muse of the carnal and the feminine. Marilyn so joyously defiant of traditional inhibitions, a source of inspiration and jealousy for Arthur Miller. Joyce, the literary genius and Marilyn, the sex symbol: their dysfunctional childhoods, brushes with poverty and mental illness, their struggle with success. Their auto-destructive behaviour. With theatre scenes from Arthur Miller’s work, readings from Ulysses and musical numbers with a touch of Billy Wilder, we are popping the cork on two immortal sources of creative comic genius: James Joyce and  Marilyn Monroe. The show may challenge the censors. Costume welcome but not essential.

Price: €20 (Concession €18)

 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Merrion Square Artists on Bloomsday

 
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The Artists who exhibit on Merrion Square every weekend are delighted to be part of the Bloomsday festival. There is always a great selection of art, of all styles and genres, and this year on Bloomsday there will be many Joycean themed pieces for you to select. Do come along and enjoy the free and cheerful atmosphere that is the Merrion Square open art exhibition.

 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Bloomsday Body Painting Jam with Dublin Body Paint

 
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Join us this Bloomsday to body paint in celebration of the absurd and nutty in James Joyce’s masterpiece. During this very special jam we will give artists the theme of food and consumption. Joyce described Dublin’s fair city using vivid imagery of food stuffs. We’ll be helping artists along with the theme so don’t worry if you get a bit stuck! At our body painting jams, we will match up artists and models for a day of body painting. Photographers are invited to join us later to capture this transient art form on the day.

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

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

Once painted we will parade through Dublin to bring our art to the city streets. Join us for the festivities and let your imagination run wild!

Tickets: €30 (price includes lunch and materials).

 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Bloomsday at Glasnevin Cemetery

 
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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum has been celebrating Bloomsday since 2010 when its visitor centre first opened to the public with the introduction of its museum and guided tours. The numbers attending the Bloomsday event have gone from strength to strength over the years and it’s now a firm and much anticipated event on the venue’s calendar. Episode 6 - Hades in Ulysses depicts the funeral procession of Paddy Dignam at the Hibernian necropolis – Glasnevin Cemetery. This scene will be a central focal point for a re-enactment performed by the ‘Joycestagers’ at Glasnevin Cemetery this Bloomsday. There will also be a Joycean tour of the cemetery which boasts a wide range of literary connections. Joyce’s parents are both buried at Glasnevin.

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.

Tickets from €10.20

 
 
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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Bloomsday Bike Ride in Dún Laoghaire

 
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This is a fun filled day out on bicycles. We kick off with a Joycean breakfast in Dalkey Garden school at 10am sharp, Saval Park Road, Dalkey. Breakfast will be served for those who wish to partake at an extra fee. It consists of freshly brewed tea or coffee. Buck’s Fizz or freshly squeezed orange juice. Granola, yoghurt and fresh fruit salad. Clonakilty black pudding, with relish, rashers, sausage , baked beans, egg and tomatoes. Homemade scones and brown bread. There will be a prize for the best dressed Joyce or Nora look-alike!

The bike tour begins at 11.30am for those who do not wish to part take in the breakfast. The group will hit the road, off to explore the surrounds of Killiney, Dalkey and Sandycove. The bike ride will finish in Glasthule for the famous Bloomsday Street Party. This is a stop start tour.

Booking:

Bike tour is €25 per person.

Breakfast is extra at €18.

Bike hire is available too, for an extra fee of €15.

Call Cathy on 086 8758744 to make a booking.

 
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Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Bloomsday Walk with Pat Liddy's Walking Tours (10:30am & 2:30pm)

  • Meeting Point: Beside the Gate Theatre (map)
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This tour is ideal as a first introduction to James Joyce and will celebrate his life and work by walking through the streets of the city he immortalised in his groundbreaking novel, Ulysses. The route will partly follow the book’s main character, Leopold Bloom, in his famous wanderings in the year 1904.

Dublin has changed enormously since then, but we will still encounter many of Bloom’s intriguing stops or indeed places associated with Joyce himself along the way.

Our destination will be the renowned Davy Byrne’s Pub, where Bloom paused for lunch of a Gorgonzola cheese sandwich and a glass of Burgundy wine. After the tour, you may independently partake of the same in the company of numerous other Joyceans who will be gathering here with many gaily dressed in the flamboyant costumes of the period.

Tickets: €14 (€12 seniors/students)

 
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Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

'Walk with Mr Bloom’ this Bloomsday!

  • Main Entrance of General Post Office (GPO) (map)
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16th June 1904 – Bloomsday, the day immortalised by James Joyce in Ulysses, and the anniversary of his first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.

Come join in the fun, mayhem and unique atmosphere of Dublin on Bloomsday with a walking tour of the city centre, recalling incidents and places described in Ulysses as Leopold Bloom traversed the city on that epic day.

You don’t need to be a fan of Joyce to enjoy this walking tour. But if you are, you’re certain to find new insights from the blend of information, humour, readings and dramatisations, mainly from the Laestrygonians episode of the book. Our guide will bring it all to life today as we revel in an “Oh-So- Dublin!” tradition that only happens once a year (thank goodness - we’ve been doing it every year for the last 23 years!).

Booking information:

Start Time: 11.00 am

Meeting Point: Main Entrance of General Post Office (GPO), O'Connell Street.

Duration: 1½ - 1¾ hrs

Fee: €15.00 adult/child.

 
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Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Joyce the Emigrant Tour @ EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

 
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Did you know that James Joyce, famed chronicler of Dublin, spent the majority of his life abroad? From the age of 22, he travelled widely to Zurich, Pola, Trieste, Rome and Paris with few returns to Dublin. And yet, his writing has celebrated Ireland and Dublin, preserving the 16th of June 1904 forever in his readers’ memories.

At EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, we tell the story of the 10 million people who left Ireland to make new lives abroad – including James Joyce. This Bloomsday, we’d like to invite you to join us on a guided tour of our exhibition, with a Joycean twist. For the normal price of admission, we'll offer a Bloomsday-themed guided tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, with a particular focus on Joyce's story. The tour will also feature readings from Joyce by talented actors and spot prizes for those who can demonstrate the depth of their Joycean knowledge.

The tours will begin at 11am and 2pm sharp with readings from Joyce’s work. After the tours, guests can feel free to explore the museum at their leisure.

 
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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Live Performances at Bewley's Grafton Street

 
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Bewley’s Grafton Street has a long and loving association with Irish writers. James Joyce himself was a fan with Bewley’s even being referenced in his book “The Dubliners”. On Sunday, June 16th, Customers can enjoy live performances throughout the day from acclaimed veteran actors Donal O’Kelly and Joe Taylor.

Donal will be performing his internationally acclaimed show Joyced! – a whirlwind odyssey through Joyce’s Dublin years and the events that would be later immortalized in Ulysses. Joe will be presenting Ulysses: a Beginner’s Guide – a highly entertaining introduction to the great novel. Enjoy these shows at no extra cost. Seats are limited and will be given to those who arrive first on the day. Shows start at 12 noon and will be repeated throughout the day until 4pm – if you miss one there is only a short time for the next show to begin!

Refresh and recharge with the tasty Bewley’s Brunch menu, served until 2:30pm and an extensive all-day menu that is available thereafter. Bewley’s is also famous for their delicious treats prepared in-house by in the craft bakery kitchen just for you. Enjoy songs from resident pianist from 12:30-3pm as you enjoy.

 
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Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Bloomsday in Phibsboro and Eco Dublin, a sustainable city for Joyce and us.

 
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A lively afternoon of readings, dance, music and laughter in the garden of Phibsboro Library on Bloomsday June 2019. There will be a preview of Phibsboro Tidy Towns Sustainable Day in September with a focus on James Joyce as the great recycler of language, ideas and products (e.g.: food, paper, and even coffins!) and how we can all follow his example.

There will be readings by performers Val O'Donnell ('Flann's Yer Only Man'), Paula Mongey, Helen McGrath, Des Gunning (Joyceborough founder) and wonderful dancing from Miss Eileene. Alan O'Riordan will speak about Joyce, Cork and Europe. Snacks and coffee are kindly donated by the Spar shop next to Temple Street Church, a Joycean landmark. The library garden also has a permanent Joycean feature and is overlooked by a recently commissioned gable-end mural by artist Fionnuala Halpin. This is a free event, no booking required.

 
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Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Celebrating Finnegans Wake: Bloomsday at The Lilliput Press

 
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Join us at The Lilliput Press for art, fables, and literary discussion, all in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Finnegans Wake. Featuring an art display by Thomas McNally, the artist behind The Mookse and the Gripes and The Ondt and the Gracehoper, beautiful illustrations of two iconic tales from Finnegans Wake. These short stories will be discussed in a Q&A with McNally, with special guests performing the fables.

 
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Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

The IFI presents Horrible Creature - Lucia Joyce (Part 2)

 
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We are delighted to present the premiere of ‘Horrible Creature’, a new documentary by Áine Stapleton. This piece is the second of a proposed trilogy of films about Lucia Joyce, daughter of James, a woman who suffered with mental health issues for much of her life. The first film, Medicated Milk, challenged the accepted biographical detail of Lucia’s life and explored the complex nature of mental instability.

In 1915, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle traveled with their children Giorgio and Lucia to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of WW1. Lucia was 7 years old. In her memoirs, she spoke fondly about school in Zurich and her talent for gymnastics and arithmetic. She later trained as a professional dancer in France and performed throughout Europe, finally escaping the tight grip of her family. This short-lived freedom soon came to an abrupt end when in the early 1930s she was forced into psychiatric care and underwent experimental treatments at various hospitals across Europe.

‘Horrible Creature’ draws on Lucia’s writing to explore her world between 1915 and 1950. Her words are interpreted by a cast of international dance artists performing in a range of Swiss locations where Lucia spent time. This documentary by Áine Stapleton ignites our interest in Lucia’s complex family life, her unproven illness, and her undoubted talent.

Director and producer: Áine Stapleton

Director of Photography: Will Humphris

Cast: Michelle Boulé, Céline Larrère, Sarah Ryan, Áine Stapleton

Composers: David Best and Ed Chivers.

Voiceover: Rebecca Warner.

 
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Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

'A Play on Ulysses' - Live, On-Street Performance, Blackrock

 
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‘A Play on Ulysses’ is a unique Bloomsday event in Dublin, a fully dramatised adaptation of Ulysses, compressed into 75 action filled minutes. Eighteen professional actors, plus singers, musicians and dancers, combine to provide an comic, poignant and enlightening insight into James Joyce’s Ulysses. The play is performed on-street at The Cross in the heart of Blackrock village.

Nastaise Leddy and Iris Park collaborate to adapt, direct and produce ‘A Play on Ulysses’, creating an authentic and entertaining experience. The 2018 performance attracted over 400 people, so come early to get a seat. 

The play is supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Zurich, The Blackrock Business Network, and the retailers and terrific community of Blackrock.

We have a plan for adverse weather conditions, so hail, rain or shine the show will go on.

Free event

Blackrock is on the coast 6km from Dublin City Centre – great public transport links for visitors: http://blackrock.ie/

 
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Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Voices of Joyce

 
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Ranging from tenor to soprano, baritone to beery “base barreltone” and everything in between, Songsters of the Square strive to reproduce the sounds and atmosphere of a Dublin Edwardian soirée. Arias, popular music, gospel, music-hall and ballads nestle between readings from Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The Songsters include Seán ÓhEarcáin, Aisling Connolly, Dick Hogan, Joseph O’Dwyer and Eithne Shanley who is also the piano accompanist. The show is devised and hosted by Mícheál Shanley.

Relive an Edwardian soirée in the premises in Parnell Square where James Joyce received singing lessons from Vincent O’Brien in 1904 in preparation for the Feis Ceoil. As well as being singing teacher to Joyce, Vincent O’Brien also gave singing lessons to John McCormack, a source of inspiration for Shaun the Post in Finnegans Wake. This show, in various manifestations, (methimpikehoses) is celebrating its fifteenth Bloomsday.

Booking required. Email Mícheál Shanley at michaelmacshanley@gmail.com

 
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