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
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
14
8:00 PM20:00

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!

Event Meeting Point: Café du Journal, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

 
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Jun
15
to Jun 16

Dalkey Bloomsday Festival (15&16 June)

  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre (map)
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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 and goddesses and overt sexuality, inspired by a 1955 photograph by Eve Arnold of Marilyn Monroe reading the final pages of Ulysses. Joyce & Monroe married beneath and above their intellectual stations. 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, and 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 & 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 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
10:30 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
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 Finnegan’s Wake’s 80th anniversary.

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. Free, no booking required.

 
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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 (yes, fully dramatised) adaptation of Ulysses, compressed into 75 action filled minutes. Eighteen professional actors, plus singers, musicians and dancers, combine to provide an entertaining, comic, poignant, enlightening insight into James Joyce’s Ulysses. The play is performed ‘on-street’ at The Cross in the middle of Blackrock village. The on-street element brings an extra layer of theatricality to the event bringing drama, humour and music straight into the heart of Blackrock.

Nastaise Leddy and Iris Park collaborate to adapt, direct and produce ‘A Play on Ulysses’ at 6pm on Sunday, 16th of June 2019, creating an authentic and entertaining experience. Between them they have vast experience of adaptation, directing, writing and production for stage, radio, film and television.

The 2018 production attracted an audience of over 400, so come early and get a seat. The play is supported by DunLaoghaire Rathdown County Council, Zurich, The Blackrock Business Network, and the retailers and terrific community of Blackrock. Come early, get a seat – enjoy the Irish summer. We have a plan for adverse weather conditions, so hail, rain or shine ‘A Play on Ulysses’ 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 bass baritone and everything in between, Songsters of the Square strive to reproduce the sounds and atmosphere of a Dublin Edwardian soirée, with arias, popular music, gospel, music-hall and ballads with 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) has been running since 2004.

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

 
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