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Bloomsday Festival 2012

In a city celebrated for its great writers, no event encapsulates that literary legacy more succinctly than Bloomsday.
This inspired anniversary recreates the day on which the action of James Joyce’s novelUlysses takes place, 16 June 1904 - also the day Joyce first went out with his future wife, Nora Barnacle

The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses.  The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters - real and fictional - from 08:00 on 16 June through to the early hours of the following morning.

One of the earliest Bloomsday celebrations was a Ulysses lunch in France, organised by Sylvia Beach, publisher of Ulysses, and her partner, Adrienne Monnier, in June 1929.

The first Bloomsday celebrated in Ireland was in 1954, the 50th anniversary of the original Bloomsday, when the writers Patrick Kavanaghand Flann O’Brien visited locations like theMartello Tower at SandycoveDavy Byrne’s pub, and 7 Eccles Street, the fictional home of Leopold and his wife Molly, reading parts ofUlysses and drinking a great deal as they went!

Today, Bloomsday is celebrated by Joyceans across the globe with readings, performances, re-enactments, and a host of other events.  In Dublin, enthusiasts dress in Edwardian costume and gather during the day at many of the locations where episodes of Ulysses take place. 

The James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
, hosts its famous Bloomsday Breakfast as part of the festival. The Bloomsday Festival runs from Sun 10 - Sat 16 June. With events including walking tours, readings, lectures and music there is something to interest everyone ranging from literary neophytes to sophisticated Joyceans.

For more info, and to find out how you can become a part of Dublin's Bloomsday, or tel. 00 353 1 878 8547

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