Bloomsday Breakfasts


One of the traditions that is dear to the festival is the Bloomsday Breakfast. Celebrate this literary holiday by eating the same breakfast as Leopold Bloom on the morning of 16 June in James Joyce’s Ulysses. This includes liver and kidneys alongside the typical ingredients of an Irish fried breakfast.

Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liver slices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencod’s roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.
Kidneys were in his mind as he moved about the kitchen softly, righting her breakfast things on the humpy tray. Gelid light and air were in the kitchen but out of doors gentle summer morning everywhere. Made him feel a bit peckish.

The Bloomsday Festival offers several breakfast events with performances, readings and song. You can enjoy your breakfast at the festival hub at the James Joyce Centre in a stunning 18th-century Georgian townhouse. Book a sitting there at 8am, 10am or 12pm. Or venture into Temple Bar whose lanes play their part in Joyce’s epic story, to Gallagher’s Boxty House, a restaurant that specialises in traditional and modern Irish food, and get a taste of Bloom’s breakfast every morning from 12-16 June with Joyce of Breakfast.


Glasnevin Cemetery is an iconic location from Ulysses where the Hades episode takes place. Fortify yourself with their Joycean breakfast before watching the re-enactment of Paddy Dignam’s funeral among the gravestones. All across Dublin, communities celebrate Bloomsday. Dive into the fabric of the city and mingle with the locals in the Bloomsday Villages for breakfast and other events.

After a delicious Bloomsday Breakfast and plenty of entertainment, it is time to stretch your legs to digest “the inner organs of beasts and fowls” on one of the many walking tours the festival offers. The Joyce Centre runs hourly walking tours on 16 June of Dublin’s northside and Joyce’s old neighbourhood. Or book yourself in for the award-winning Dublin Ulysses Tour and discover Ulyssean locations on the southside, follow well-known Pat Liddy on a stroll in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, Ulysses’ main character or walk with Mr. Joyce.  

Marty GilroyBlog, News