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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


Vintage Tea Trips Bloomsday Bus Tour

The James Joyce Centre is proud to partner with Vintage Tea Trips for a special Bloomsday afternoon tea celebrating all things Dublin and James Joyce! Sip on some delicious tea and delicacies while diving into the world of Ulysses and exploring the vibrant city that inspired it on this special bus tour.

Whether you are a diehard fan or just curious about this literary masterpiece, this event is perfect for all. Get ready for a fun and enlightening experience that will leave you feeling like a true Dubliner.

Afternoon tea is a much-cherished tea-related ritual from the early 1840s that continued well into the Edwardian era, when Ulysses is set. It was a mini-meal to fill the gap between lunch and dinner and was composed of scones with clotted cream and jam, delicately cut sandwiches, sweets and delicious cakes. In this tour, you may choose from a traditional, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy free or vegan afternoon tea.

Savour all your favourites — freshly made sandwiches, desserts, cakes, and pastries — as your bus travels through downtown Dublin. Pass sights such as Stephen’s Green, Christ Church, Trinity College, St. Stephen’s Green, Wood Quay, O’Connell Street, Phoenix Park, and the grand buildings of Georgian Dublin.

Our tour guide will point out the varoius references of these places in Ulysses. Feel free to dress up in your finest Edwardian garb as you listen to passages of and explanations of Joyce’s classic novel.

There are many Joycean tours of Dublin, but none of them are quite as comfortable and delicious as this one!

Please note:

  • The tour starts at 3:30pm. The bus is on a strict timetable and can not wait for latecomers. As such, please make arrangements to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
  • The pick-up location is 20-22 St. Stephen’s Green North, Dublin 2, across the road from Stephen Court. The tour ends at St. Stephen’s Green.
  • The tour lasts 70-80 minutes, depending on the traffic.
  • Bus seating is assigned on a first-booked, first-served basis, beginning with filling the upper deck first and then the lower deck. Guests may be required to share a table. For group seating and other options, please email or call the VVT team 72 hours in advance.
  • Any allergies, specific dietary requirements or changes to requirements must be confirmed over email or by phone with the VTT team 72 hours in advance. If the allergy can’t be facilitated, the VVT team will be in contact. For a list of allergens, click this link.
  • For FAQs, click this link.

For more information about Vintage Tea Tours (including full Terms & Conditions), please visit


Phone: 01 255 1777

The Most Historic Spot in All Dublin: Guided Tour of the Remains of St. Mary’s Abbey

“Yes, sir, Ned Lambert said heartily. We are standing in the historic council chamber of saint Mary’s abbey where silken Thomas proclaimed himself a rebel in 1534. This is the most historic spot in all Dublin.” Ulysses

St. Mary’s Abbey, founded in 1139, was one of the largest and most important medieval monasteries in Ireland. Although there are few visible remains of the Abbey today, its memory is preserved in local street names – Abbey Street, Little Mary Street, Capel Street (from the Latin Capella) and Mary Street. Of the original buildings there now remains only the Chapter House and the Slype.

The Chapter House was the most important room in the monastery after the Church. Here the monks gathered after morning mass. After prayers, a chapter from the Rule was read out (hence domus capituli or chapter house) followed by comments and spiritual advice from the abbot. Then came prayers for the dead and the ceremony ended with public confession, each monk in turn speaking openly in front of his brothers. The Chapter House was the conference room of the monastery and as such merited special architectural treatment. The Slype was the corridor which linked the privacy of the cloister with the open area to the East, where the infirmary was usually situated.

James Joyce writes about St. Mary’s Abbey in Ulysses and references the streets it inspired throughout his oeuvre. In honour of Joyce, the Office of Public Works/Oifig na nOibreacha Poiblí is offering free tours of the Abbey during the Bloomsday Festival.

Tour Schedule:

June 10, 12, 14 at 11am. Tickets are free but booking is essential.

June 16 at 1-3pm. No booking required. Numbers are limited inside the space, so visitors may have to queue for entry.

Please note that St. Mary’s Abbey is not accessible for anyone with mobility issues.

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.

Loquation, Loquation, Loquation: A Timid Circling Around the Custom House

Join OPW Custom House Visitor Centre’s resident Joycín to discover the building and surrounding area’s relevance to the life and works of James “Disgustin” Joyce. You will be provided with a skeleton map (purely psychogeographic) which will serve as a point of access for the as yet uninitiated and may even offer a new direction for any poor unfortunate (academic) lost in the weeds.

The tour is offered on Wednesday, June 13th and Friday, June 15th at 1pm. The tours are free but booking is essential.

Dalkey Schoolroom Scene & Guided Walk

Join us at Dalkey Castle on Bloomsday, 16th June at 3:30pm, when the “Nestor” episode from Ulysses will be brought to life before your eyes in a memorable dramatisation.

The schoolroom where the scene is set is nearby on Dalkey Avenue. There are other surprising Dalkey connections with Joyce which will be uncovered in the guided joycean walk led by Joyce expert Joe Dunne immediately after the performance.

The whole event runs for around two hours. Tickets are €22.95.

Outside of Bloomsday festival celebrations, you can Rejoyce in Joyce through our Joycean experience.

The event is supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Joyce’s Nighttown: The Monto Walking Tour

Join Dublin historian Terry Fagan on a special two-hour walking tour around Monto, one of the most notorious redlight districts in all of Europe at the turn of the 20th century, what James Joyce immortalised as “Nighttown” in the “Circe” episode of Ulysses.

Walk the streets steeped in history as Terry explains the stories of Monto madams, their cruel pimps, and the women trapped in a life of prostitution. Stories of murders and mayhem. How the women in the brothels gathered intelligence and guns from British soldiers to give to the IRA. How they helped unmask a British spy during the Irish War of Independence. Hear about the 1925 police raid on Monto’s brothels and their closure, followed by a large-scale religious march by Frank Duff and his Legion of Mary.

See and hear about 82 Tyrone (now Railway) Street, the location of Bella Cohen’s brothel that Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus visit in Ulysses.

This is a unique opportunity to explore an area of Dublin unlike any other, one frequented by paupers and princes (literally) and remembered by the likes of Joyce and the Irish band The Dubliners, among many others.

Day and Time: 16 June 2024 at 11am

Starting Point: James Joyce Statue, North Earth Street

Distance: 2 km

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Group Size: 20 maximum

Tickets are €10. For more information, please contact Terry at

Pat Liddy Walking Tour

Bloomsday Walk – Pat Liddy Walking Tour

16 June: 10.30am and 2.30pm

Pat Liddy Walking Tours are ideal for those interested in a first introduction to James Joyce and will celebrate the life of the iconic Irish writer by walking through the streets of Dublin, the city he immortalized in his ground-breaking novel, Ulysses.

The itinerary, lasting approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, will partly follow in the footsteps of the book’s main character, Leopold Bloom, in his famous wanderings in the year 1904 and there will be liberal quotations from Ulysses as we stroll along. On this colourful occasion many people will be gaily dressed in the flamboyant costumes of the period so please feel free to do the same!

Meeting Point: Outside the Gate Theatre on Cavendish Row (just beyond the top of O’Connell Street).

Tickets are €25 general, €15 concession. Free under 12 years old with an adult (except for student groups). Booking and further information:

Father John Conmee S.J. Walking Tour

Joycean guides Dr. Michael Quinn and Billy Fitzpatrick will lead you on this fascinating Bloomsday walking tour through Dublin’s North City following the exact route of “the superior, the very reverend” Father John Conmee S.J. in the “Wandering Rocks” episode of Ulysses.

The tour route includes Mountjoy Square, Great Charles Street, North Circular Road, North Richmond Street, Portland Row, Aldborough House, Five Lamps, North Strand Road, Newcomen Bridge, and Charleville Mall.

Tour 1: Departing 10.25am with a finish time around 12.30 p.m.

Tour 2: Departing 2:55pm (as per “Wandering Rocks”) with a finish time around 5.00 p.m.

The meeting point is in front of St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1.

Tickets are €15.

Dr. Michael Quinn is the author of Araby House, James Joyce and all the neighbours on North Richmond Street, Dublin, 1820-1998 (Dublin, 2023), (available for purchase at the James Joyce Centre). Billy Fitzpatrick is an author and former president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland.

Drumcondra Joycean Jaunt

“He crossed the bridge over the stream of the Tolka, and turned his eyes coldly for an instant towards the faded blue shrine of the Blessed Virgin which stood fowl wise on a pole in the middle of a hamshaped encampment of poor cottages. Then, bending to the left, he followed the lane which led up to his house.”
–A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

“that she would never forget her hero boy who went to his death with a song on his lips as if he were but going to a hurling match in Clonturk Park.”

On the 120th anniversary of Bloomsday, Drumcondra Joycean Jaunters will convene at the current day shrine of the Blessed Virgin in Our Lady’s Park on the banks of the Tolka, across from Fagan’s, to celebrate the day. We will follow the short route taken by Stephen Dedalus to his home on Millbourne Avenue. There, under the shadow of the Drumcondra Library, we will celebrate the day in the spirit (non-alcoholic!) of the first Bloomsday “jant” held 70 years ago in 1954, when amongst others, Patrick Kavanagh (whose first Dublin home was in Drumcondra), set out on a Ulyssesean pilgrimage.

All are welcome to join us on this Bloomsday Sunday, including GAA fans on their way to Croke Park!

The event is free but booking is essential.

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