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.