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Bloomsday Swim at Sandycove Beach

The Dublin Sea Swimming Club invites you to drive into Ulysses (figuratively) by diving into the waters of Sandycove Beach (literally) on Bloomsday, Sunday June 16th at 10am-1pm. Join the likes of Buck Mulligan, who also swam in nearby Forty Foot in the Telemachus episode of Ulysses, and Joyce, who lived by nearby Martello Tower, which served as the basis for the Telemachus episode.

“A voice, sweettoned and sustained, called to him from the sea. Turning the curve he waved his hand. It called again. A sleek brown head, a seal’s, far out on the water, round.”

Straw hats and Joycean attire not compulsory but certainly encouraged. Let’s celebrate Bloomsday by having a swim in Joycean attire.


The final lines of Molly’s soliloquy will be read by the entrance of the James Joyce Tower & Museum.


Let’s have a dive into the “snotgreen” and “scrotumtightening sea.” The swim is at your own risk! The group has no lifeguards and only arranges the meeting point. Make sure you have enough layers to keep warm before and after the swim, bring something warm to drink too. Some wear wetsuits, others don’t so, some want to swim a bit of distance, others just want dip and get out. It’s your swim, do what you want and meet the group after.


Having demonstrated our incredible bravery, we will continue our adventure at a local café (time and venue TBC later, will try and source one that hopefully provides Joycean fare). Eating and drinking are at your own risk too.

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The event is free.

  • 16 June, 2024
10:00 am1:00 pm


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