As I mentioned in my last post, Bloomsday is on Thursday this week. For those not familiar with it, Bloomsday takes place on the 16th June every year and is a celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses. It is named after the hero of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, and celebrates the day on which the action of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place, 16 June 1904, the day on which Joyce first went out with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.

The James Joyce Centre in Dublin has a full programme of events planned for this week and you can book tickets for the events on their site. The James Joyce bus tour happening tomorrow from 10am to 3pm looks very interesting and the stops include Dublin’s old Jewish quarter known as ‘Little Jerusalem’, Rathgar and Rathmines, the Martello Tower, Mr. Deasy’s School at Dalkey, and Sandymount Strand. Tickets cost €30 and include admittance to the Irish Jewish Museum.

On Bloomsday itself Alan Stanford acts as Master of Ceremonies for a gala afternoon of readings and songs at The Bandstand in Stephen’s Green. It’s on from 11am to 2pm and if the weather’s good I’ll definitely be in attendance. There’s also the traditional Bloomsday breakfast in The Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street and lots of walking tours starting at The Joyce Centre at 7 Eccles Street.

Happy early Bloomsday to one and all!

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