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Bloomsday at Glasnevin Cemetary: Poor Dignam!

Glasnevin Cemetery has been celebrating Bloomsday since 2010 and it is now a firm favourite for Bloomsday pilgrims. On June 16th 1904, Glasnevin was the venue for the funeral of the fictional Paddy Dignam, attended by Joyce’s protagonist Leopold Bloom in Ulysses. This year to celebrate this historic date, Experience Glasnevin will host a performance of the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses performed by the Joycestagers and a Joycean tour of the cemetery itself. Explore the ‘underworld’ of Ulysses in one of the most popular Bloomsday events!

11am: Reenactment of the funeral procession of Paddy Dignam from the ‘Hades’ episode. Free to attend. No ticket is necessary.

12pm: A Joycean Tour of the heart of the Hibernian necropolis, Glasnevin Cemetery, which has many significant links to Joyce’s life and writing. Tickets are required: €14 general, €12 concession.

Bloomsday at Davy Byrnes

“He entered Davy Byrnes. Moral pub. He doesn’t chat. Stands a drink now and then. But in a leap year once in four. Cashed a cheque for me once.” Ulysses

Davy Byrnes pub opened its doors in 1889. Thirty-one years later it was thrust in to international fame with the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses when Leopold Bloom visits for a glass of burgundy and a gorgonzola cheese sandwich in the ‘Lestrygonians’ episode. Bloom stands and chats with the owner, Davy Byrne, about life and his appetite before continuing on his odyssey. Ever since Bloomsday has been celebrated, Davy Byrnes has been at its heart.

This year, the iconic pub will be hosting an afternoon of festivities to mark the day with music, performances, and readings. Bring Ulysses to life (and order a gorgonzola or two) in this historic city centre environment!

The event is free. No booking required.

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Finnegans Wakeshop

Come join us at the James Joyce Centre for a unique experience at Finnegans Wakeshop.

Carol Wade of Art of the Wake and Des Gunning of Joyceborough will look back at ‘FW85,’ the 85th anniversary of the publication of Finnegans Wake, and a headsup on plans to mark ‘Mamalujo 101’ in 2025. Des Gunning has been running the Joyceborough Finnegans Wake Reading Group for fifteen years and Carol Wade has been illustrating the Wake for as long. This year, they and others combined forces for the first time to mark the occassion of FW85.

In Finnegans Wakeshop, they will reflect in that experience and look ahead to the coming 15 years, which will bring us to FW100. A copiously-illustrated with live performance of the text and plenty of audience participation. A short film, ‘On the Calends of Mars,’ will be screened.

The event is free but booking is essential. No previous Wake-reading experience required. Come enjoy this uniquely Joycean experience!

Image from Art of the Wake by Carol Wade.

Bloomsday in Ringsend

The Ringsend & District Historical Society is proud to present Bloomsday in Ringsend on 15-16 June 2024. We have several events throughout Ringsend that are free and open to the public. Ringsend is where James Joyce and Nora Barnacle had their first date on June 16th, 1904 — the date on which Ulysses is set. What better way to celebrate Bloomsday than to spend it where it all began!


Day One: Saturday, June 15th  

11 am – Ringsend Library (45mins) 

Lecture by the DCC Historian in Residence Cormac Moore 

‘The Life of Constance Markievicz’ 


12 noon (45mins) 

Walking Tour with Eddie Bohan 

‘In The Footsteps of Joyce 1904’ 

Departs & Ends Ringsend Library 


1.30 pm (45mins) 

Bus Tour courtesy of the Big Bus Open Top 

Tour takes in Sandymount Strand, The Green and Irishtown.  


3 pm – Ringsend Library 

Outdoor Ballad /Folk Session 


Day Two: Sunday, June 16th  

10.30 am – Horse & Carriage Parade to Ringsend Park, Departing Thorncastle Street 

Tour Route : Irishtown Road, Pembroke Street, Strasburg Terrace with a Ulysess performance, Ringsend Park, return via Caroline Row, Fitzwilliam Street to the RICC Centre 

 The event will feature the unveiling of a plaque and seat dedicated to James Joyce and Nora Barnacle commemorating their first date with thanks to Dublin City Council.


12.30 pm – RICC Centre 

The Bloomsday Brunch 

Live Music, Food & Period Dress 

Open to All 


4 pm – CYMS Hall, Ringsend 

The Writers Adventure – ‘Remembering Ringsend’ 

Short Story & Poetry Prize Presentation.  

Books Tokens (€200, €100 & €75) Awarded courtesy of Savvi, Irishtown 

Music & End of the Festival


Strings in the Earth and Air: The Musical World of James Joyce

in association with the
James Joyce Centre
brings you

‘Strings in the earth and air…’


The Musical World of James Joyce


Nicole Rourke (actor-writer)
Benjamin Dwyer (guitarist-composer)

Bloomsday 16 June 2024, 8.00pm

Join us in a celebration of Joyce’s fascination with music. With excerpts from the early poetry collection, Chamber Music, through the melancholic stories of Dubliners, to the ornate worlds of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, Rourke & Dwyer offer a captivating programme of Joyce’s musical obsessions.

The show includes excerpts of ‘raw sensuality’ from Nuala O’Connor’s celebrated book Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce; and it features the premiere of a new text by Nicole Rourke exploring the sensual worlds of Nora, Molly and Joyce.

Following the show, Director of the James Joyce Centre, Darina Gallagher, will host a Q&A with Nicole and Benjamin on the role of music in Joyce’s life and writing, and their creation of the programme. Wine will be served.

Tickets are €20.

Stories and Songs Of Dublin’s Writers: Wilde, Behan, O’Casey, Joyce

“I took the sounds of my city Dublin, its bar talk, its street noise and turned it into language.” James Joyce

Stories and Songs Of Dublin’s Writers: Wilde, Behan, O Casey, Joyce by Gary Brown is a one hour show of laughs, songs, culture and craic. Dublin is famous for its writers and its contribution to global literature. The show presents the history of some of its writers, quotes and songs from them. It deals with their lives in Dublin and abroad. Hear about the lives and work of Brendan Behan, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, Oscar Wilde and many others. The show stars comedian and actor Gary Cooke.

Showtimes are June 12th, 13th, and 14th at 3-4pm.* Tickets are €20.

*The show runs June, July and August.


Bloomsday at the James Joyce Tower

On this special 120th Bloomsday anniversary, step into “Telemachus,” the opening episode of Ulysses, in the very setting that inspired it.

Directed by Liam Hourican and starring Oliver Flitcroft, Darragh Shannon, Daniel Mahon and Geraldine Plunkett, this new adaptation will transport you back to 1904 and the intense, impecunious lifestyle of two young men with literary ambitions.

Set in the iconic Martello Tower and environs, this is an exuberant, ambient production that will faithfully recreate the first episode of Ulysses.


June 15th: 8am, 9:30am, 11am, and 2pm

June 16th: 9:30am and 11am. *At 9am, An Cathaoirleach Denis O’Callaghan raises the flay to commemorate the 120 year anniversary of Bloomsday.

Tickets are €15.

Welcome O Joyce

The James Joyce Centre is proud to present Welcome O Joyce, a staged reading by Declan Gorman of a new performance to mark 100 years since the first appearance in print of an extract from Finnegans Wake.

Welcome O Joyce (co-written by Declan Gorman and Des Gunning) has been specially commissioned for the James Joyce Association of Ottawa and the James Joyce Centre, Dublin, and is the curtain-raiser to this year’s international Bloomsday Festival. It is a montage of pieces from the four great prose works of Joyce, commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the first appearance in print of an extract of what would eventually become Finnegans Wake (1939). The 1924 ‘Mamalujo’ fragment is woven into an entertaining short presentation that includes a comic prologue and vivid scenes from Ulysses (1922), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), and Dubliners (1914)

Declan Gorman is a highly regarded writer, director and performer. His previous Joyce performances The Dubliners Dilemma (2012) and Falling Through the Universe (2022) have toured widely in Ireland and overseas. In the week of Bloomsday, Declan will travel on to Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario with a selection of his Joyce works.

Praise for previous work

“Gorman holds the audience enraptured throughout with a truly mesmerising performance. This original adaptation is by no means exclusively for die-hard Joyce fans, making a brilliant introduction for newcomers!” Metro Herald, Dublin

“Gorman’s charming play dramatises clearly how Joyce’s writing has embedded itself deeply in Irish culture. His subtle performance reminds us clearly what a masterwork this story is.” Irish Independent

The event is free but booking is essential.

A Taste of Joyce

Join Lua McIlraith and The Lilliput Players for “A Taste of Joyce” outside the James Joyce Tower on Bloomsday for an afternoon of readings, poems, dramatisations of the works of the legendary author and songs associated with him. Immerse yourself in the world of James Joyce as we bring his words to life at a unique location.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just curious to learn more, this event promises to be a memorable experience!. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest literary figures of all time. If you were ever too scared of Joyce, you need no longer be. See you there!

There will be both seating and standing places available. Tickets are free but booking is essential.

A Blooming Great Day: Reading and Workshop with Úna Woods

It seems like just another ordinary day for Rosie and her grandad. But as soon as they step outside, they find themselves on a blooming great adventure around Dublin on the 16th of June, 1904!

Join us at the James Joyce Centre on Bloomsday for a children’s event of fun, mischief, and Joyce! Author and illustrator Úna Woods will read from her new children’s book A Blooming Great Day (The O’Brien Press) and lead a drawing workshop. The children will draw scenes from the book and design their own hats! This is a great way for children to be introduced to Joyce and to partake in Dublin’s great literary tradition.

Tickets are €10 with special 2-for-1 sale.

Úna Woods is a children’s book illustrator and author who lives in Dublin with her husband and two children and their ginger cat. Her previous books include Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire? and A Spooktacular Place to Be, both published by The O’Brien Press. Úna loves working with bright colours and patterns. She also loves reading and running.

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