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Bloomsday in Kampala

Bloomsday marked in Kampala.

The words of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, echoed around the garden of the Ambassador’s residence on June 16th at a special Bloomsday event, marking the 30th anniversary of Ireland’s mission in Uganda.

In a magical celebration, members of the Ugandan and Irish communities, many dressed in typical Edwardian attire, read excerpts from Ulysses each bringing their unique interpretation to Joyce’s words. The passages were selected by Dan Mulhall, a le distinguished retired Irish Ambassador and also a leading Joyce scholar. Dan also participated in the event, with his pre-recorded reading shown on a big screen.

Our guests also mingled to a background of Irish music, with Ulysses inspiredfood and drink served up. The guests’ costumes, reminiscent of early 20th century Dublin, brought an element of nostalgia and charm to the celebrations. Also in attendance were a group of students from UCD who are in Uganda promoting GAA.

Ireland’s Ambassador to Uganda, Kevin Colgan, declared the event a huge success. “This Bloomsday celebration is not only a tribute to the enduring legacy of James Joyce, but it is also a testament to the strong and vibrant relationship that exists between Ireland and Uganda. Over the past 30 years, our embassy has worked tirelessly to foster cultural, economic, and social ties, and today’s event beautifully encapsulates the spirit of collaboration and mutual respect.”

He added: “I am very proud to be Ambassador in the year that Ireland marks its Pearl Anniversary in the Pearl of Africa. The impact of Ireland in Uganda over the last three decades has been immense.

The event was one of hundreds held around the world to mark Bloomsday which is celebrated on June 16th each year and commemorates the life and works of Irish writer James Joyce. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses, which is set on June 16, 1904

  • 16 June, 2024
2:00 pm5:00 pm

  • Embassy of Ireland, Uganda

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