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Bloomsday at Sweny's Chemist

  • Sweny's Pharmacy 1 Lincoln Place Dublin, County Dublin Ireland (map)

"Sweny's in Lincoln place. Chemists rarely move. …"

Sweny’s pharmacy is famously featured in the fifth episode of Joyce’s Ulysses, known as the 'Lotus Eaters' episode. The delightful little shop has survived for all these years and today still has all its original fittings and fixtures. 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 amongst all his alabaster lilypots. Pick up a bar of lemon soap that you can carry with you all day, just like Poldy. Get involved in a reading from Ulysses, enjoy a cup of tea and share epic tales about your own life. You might even get the chance to join in an Edwardian singsong! There will be merriment in this hidden Joycean gem throughout the day and into the evening, so just come along whenever you like!