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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.

Sole Flower, Spidered Soul

The New Theatre presents Sole Flower, Spidered Soul, a new play by Féilim James about James Joyce and his daughter Lucia for the Bloomsday Festival.

Lucia Joyce and her father James are roused from death by an eloquent clown.

The duo’s joyful reunion soon gives way told quarrels, as they debate the reasons why Lucia spent nearly half a century in psychiatric hospitals. Clown, who holds the power to alter the past, presents James with a dilemma.

Will he erase his own literary legacy to afford Lucia a second chance in life, or will he keep things as they were?

This funny and moving play pits personal ambition against love of family, all the while challenging prevailing notions about its protagonists: Lucia as the mad daughter, and James as the genius father who did all he could to save her.

Director – Patrick Joseph Byrnes
Cast – Fiona Bawn-Thompson, Michael McCabe & Daniel Mahon.
Stage Management – Eva Walsh

June 11-14: 7:30pm
June 15: 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Duration: 65 minutes
Age Suitability: 14+

Tickets are €20 general, €18 concession.

Counterparts & A Little Cloud

The James Joyce Centre is proud to host a special Bloomsday showing of the Volta Theatre Company’s Counterparts & A Little Cloud, an adaptation of two short stories from Joyce’s debut work Dubliners.

Joyce’s collection of short stories provides vivid ‘slices of life’ of early 20th century Dublin. Against the backdrop of a society in paralysis, a pair of Dublin lives are revealed in stark, sometimes brutal, scenes. In Counterparts, an ungainly, bad-tempered law clerk is determined to have a heavy night’s drinking, while in A Little Cloud, a sensitive soul is embittered by a meeting with an old university friend back from London. At once funny and tragic, relatable and disturbing, the stories are populated with an array of colourful characters who remain entirely contemporary, despite the bowler hats and Edwardian collars.

Performed by two actors in the iconic setting of the Joyce Centre’s Georgian drawing room, and featuring period music, this is an exquisite, intimate study of Joyce’s Dublin and its lives of quiet desperation.

Volta is a collaboration between classically-trained actors and musicians, combining theatre with cabaret, jazz and sketch comedy. Its remit is to bring classical theatre to a wide audience. Liam Hourican has worked with Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Vic, and Second Age Theatre company and has written and performed sketch shows and comedy drama for Channel 4, RTE and the BBC. Jim Roche has starred in Normal PeopleHarry WildBlood 2VikingsDamo and IvorKillinaskullyThe Mario Rosenstock ShowThe Tudors, and iCandy. Musicians Feilimidh Nunan and Conor Sheil work with all the principal orchestras in Ireland and have collaborated in a wide variety of musical genres ranging from jazz to traditional music.

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.

The Citizens’ Breakfast

The Citizens’ Breakfast is a lively promenade play written by Gráinne O Kelly and Tara Derrington that celebrates June 16th 1904, when James Joyce set off from his lodgings at No. 60 Shelbourne Road to go on his first date with Nora Barnacle, his lifelong partner and eventual wife. Their date would be immortalised as the day on which Ulysses is set, since christened as Bloomsday!

The play is performed by Damien Davaney and Fiona Browne with guest appearances by members of the local community along the street.

Act 1 (about 30 minutes) takes place outside on the street (free for all) consisting of five vignettes. Then the action moves in Act 2 to local hostelry Slattery’s Pub (ticketed entry only). You will sup and taste a morsel or two with Joyce, Bloom, and other characters. There is harp music with light refreshment served. We will finish with a little sing song!

Dress up (or down) in Edwardian style if you wish!


15 June 2024. Two separate performances at 11:30am and 3:30pm.


1 hour and 15 mins. Please arrive 10 mins before start time.


We will meet at 68 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4 D04 R3N0.


Tickets are €12.50 via Eventbrite.

The event is organised in partnership with the Lansdowne and District Residents’ Association. Thanks also to Aviva Stadium Community Fund, Slattery’s Pub, Codling Wind Park & Lotts & Co Beggar’s Bush for their core support.

The Dubliners Dilemma

The Dubliners Dilemma was premiered in Ireland in 2012 and has toured to Norway, USA, India, Russia (pre-Ukraine invasion) and all over Ireland. Described as a “truly mesmerizing performance” (Metro Herald), it finds London publisher Grant Richards re-reading the manuscript of Dubliners in 1914, eight full years after he initially rejected it on the grounds it might breach strict obscenity laws. Joyce’s Dublin comes to wild life around him, a city of innocence and perversion: of sexual predators, gigolos, gamblers and drinkers mingling among street children, housemaids and exquisite concert singers. Entranced again by the literary gifts of the truculent Irish author who refused to change a single word, Richards must decide whether to take the risk second time around, and be the one finally to bring the genius of Joyce to the world.

Written and performed by Declan Gorman. Directed by Gerard Lee.

“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 is a compelling performer, at his best when undertaking childhood roles and in his element with Joyce’s obsequious characters … an animated and intelligent performance.” Irish Theatre Magazine

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.

Ulysses aWake

‘All the Ghosts of Ulysses’ is the original music at the heart of this play. Joyce’s characters are set free at the Tower to share their stories in the guise of the Idrone Players’ 18 actors, singers, dancers, and live musicians.

Leopold Bloom’s marriage to Molly is tragically threatened but Ulysses aWake’s opening song, ‘Send out your light and your truth’ (Cuir thuat amach do sholas is do fhírinne), signals that Bloom will be the author of his story. This is his day.

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

Grace by James Joyce

Bewley’s Café Theatre in association with the Bloomsday Festival is proud to present a theatrical adaptation of “Grace” by James Joyce.

Grace is a tale of booze, bombast and religious confusion that brilliantly satirises the role of the Catholic Church in early twentieth century Irish life. When struggling salesman, Tom Kernan, is found drunk and injured in a pub toilet and brought home in disgrace to his long suffering wife, his friends hatch a plot to save him from his errant ways.

Dubliners, first published in 1914, is one of the great short story collections in the English language. By exploring the lives of his fellow Dublin citizens with unflinching realism, Joyce revealed truths both blasphemous and transcendent.

This new production of the classic Dubliners story features the actor and comedian, Terry O’Neill, who brings to life Joyce’s rare collection of characters and takes you on a hilarious journey from purgatory to paradise that is perfect for the Festive Season. The production will be performed in Bewley’s Café, which was itself referenced in Dubliners.

“O’Neill…does a terrific job of creating an excellent range of at least five different Dublin voices.” Irish Independent
“Sandra Butler’s simple design is delightfully and imaginatively impressive.” Sunday Independent
“O’Neill brings considerable energy and skill as the narrator.” Nomoreworkhorse

Age guidance: 12+
Duration: 50 minutes


June 10th – 16th at 1pm
There will be an extra on Bloomsday, Sunday, 16th at 3pm
Mon-Sat at 1pm (doors open at 12.50pm)
Tickets: Low-price Mon/Tues €10, Wed/Thurs €12, Fri/Sat/Sun €15.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible via the main Grafton Street entrance with a lift to the second  floor. For aural or visual needs, we can seat people towards the front (contact 0868784001 to arrange).

Ulysses aWake: Bloomsday at Blackrock

This is a unique Bloomsday event in Dublin: a fully dramatised adaptation of Ulysses compressed into 80 action filled minutes. Drama, comedy, song, and dance combine to produce an unforgettable and enlightening insight into James Joyce’s masterpiece. The play has been building year-on-year since 2010 and Ulysses aWake 2024 is infused with all the fun of Finnegans Wake. Performed by a troupe of 18 at the heart of the village looking out over the sea, this is theatre for everybody who loves Joyce’s Ireland.

All welcome, admission free, seating provided. Come early, enjoy the pre-show convivial atmosphere, and sample tasty snacks inside the amphitheatre that Blackrock Village Centre becomes on Bloomsday.

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