Anthony Cronin - poet, novelist, and Irish national treasure - died at the end of last year. He was one of the group of writers and intellectuals that included Brian O'Nolan and Patrick Kavanagh who celebrated the first Dublin Bloomsday in 1954 by following in the footsteps of Joyce's characters 50 years after the events described in Ulysses. Then a young bohemian who had chosen to pursue his literary interests over a legal career, Cronin went on to become one of the country’s leading public intellectuals celebrated both for his own art and his achievements as an adviser on arts and culture to successive Irish governments. The author of sixteen volumes of poetry, two novels and many acclaimed works of criticism and literary biography, Cronin was above all a writer of great craft and intellect whose work was marked by a command of form, an appreciation of paradox and a strong comedic sense.
Join us in the majestic surrounds of City Hall to celebrate a man who so enriched his adopted city of Dublin with his words and deeds. Featuring well-known Irish writers and artists, as well as recordings of the man himself, we will bid farewell to this great man of Irish letters this Bloomsday. This event will be presented by Senator David Norris. Guest speakers will include Anne Haverty, Anne Enright, Donal Lunny, Dermot Bolger, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Patrick McCabe, Theo Dorgan & more.