Blommsday 2014 Launch11


Welcome to the Bloomsday Festival 2014!

Bloomsday was first celebrated in Dublin by a ragtag group of artists, writers and intellectuals led by John Ryan, Brian O’Nolan and Patrick Kavanagh. Taking a horse and cart from the Martello Tower in Sandycove, they followed in the footsteps of the characters of Joyce’s epic, drinking and reading as they went. True to character they abandoned the cart at the Bailey Pub, deciding instead to complete the journey in their tipsy imaginations. It’s in that very spirit that we celebrate Bloomsday today. It’s not necessarily the destination but the getting there that counts!

You can keep up to date with the action by following us on Twitter, having a peek at our Facebook and by using the hashtag #Bloomsday2014.

Below are listings for events held in both the James Joyce Centre and beyond:

Walking Tours

1016 June starting at the James Joyce Centre

Join us for one (or all!) of four tours of Joyce’s Dublin. Be sure to book ahead: the Bloomsday Walk is €8 per person; all others are €10 per person (€8 concessions).

In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom – Tuesday 10 June @ 2pm; Thursday 12 June @ 11am; Friday 13 June @ 2pm;

This tour explores the background to Joyce’s Ulysses and Bloom’s thoughts as he crosses the city in search of something to eat in the ‘Lestrygonians’ episode. A humorous contrast of well-fed and under-fed citizens is mixed with commentary on city buildings, and the presence of police constables reminds us of the realities of Dublin as a colonial city. In these footsteps, food becomes the central issue of social, cultural and political life in Dublin in 1904. The tour starts from the James Joyce Centre and finishes at the National Museum.

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Joyce Circular – Tuesday 10 June @ 11am; Wednesday 11 June @ 11am; Saturday 14 June @ 11am

On our andante dander around the Hibernian metropolis, we take in North Earl Street and the ‘Prick with the Stick’; the house where Oliver ‘Buck Mulligan’ Gogarty was born; the setting of the Dubliners story ‘The Boarding House’; the house in which Sean O’Casey was born; the site of no. 7 Eccles Street, home of Leopold & Molly Bloom; and Belvedere College, which Joyce attended in the 1890s. This tour starts from and returns to the James Joyce Centre.

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Dubliners – Thursday 12 @ 2pm; Saturday 14 June @ 2pm; Sunday 15 June @ 2pm

Join our guide on a ramble through the city of Joyce’s first and most accessible work, Dubliners. Published 100 years ago this year, Dubliners skilfully treats both turn-of-the-century Dublin and Joyce’s surroundings in continental Europe where the stories were written. The tour examines Joyce’s life in Dublin and the Dublin he created in his stories, as well as looking at how the city has commemorated its famous son. Joyce’s Dublin was a city of politics and intrigue, of religious devotion and disaffection, as well as a city in which the pressures and ties of family and society were never far off. The tour starts from the James Joyce Centre and finishes at Trinity College.

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Bloomsday Walk – Monday 16 June @ 10am – 5pm, departing every hour

This special Bloomsday walk features some of the most important Northside locations from Joyce’s Ulysses. Our hour-long wander will take in Belvedere College, Eccles Street, Leopold and Molly Bloom’s residence, and a variety of key locations along Parnell Square and O’Connell Street.

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Bloomsday Festival Events

Tuesday, 10 June, 6.30pm                                                                               

Talk: ‘The Legendary Lee Miller’ - SOLD OUT

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The James Joyce Centre is proud to open the 2014 Bloomsday Festival with the launch of the photographic exhibition ‘Lee Miller in James Joyce’s Dublin’, a selection of 60 unseen images from Vogue’s 1947 feature When James Joyce Lived in Dublin, which will run until December.

Featuring a stunning array of images taken by the iconoclastic American photographer Lee Miller, the exhibition offers a unique portrait of post-War Dublin which includes many fascinating photos relating to the life and work of Joyce – including some important Joycean locations that were thought to never have been photographed.

To mark the occasion we are delighted to have the photographer’s son and biographer, Antony Penrose, in Dublin to deliver his talk ‘The Legendary Lee Miller’ which will be followed with a reception generously sponsored by Teelings Whiskey. Featuring hundreds of Miller’s images, Penrose will provide a portrait of his mother’s extraordinary life including those with whom she exchanged creative inspiration – Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, David E. Scherman, and her husband Roland Penrose.

Described by poet and critic Andrew Parkin as “…not so much a lecture as a prose poem set to beautiful images,” this definitive presentation by Miller’s son has been acclaimed for its ability to embrace many different levels of the history of art, photography, social commentary and, of course, an emotional connection with the subject. It gives an accurate and lasting portrait of a talented and courageous woman who was both a free spirit and a trail blazer.
James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

Tickets €5/4. Booking required. Buy tickets here.


Wednesday, 11 June – Monday 16 June, 7pm

Theatre: The Dubliner’s Dilemma

Dubs Dilemma 1 Boy NarratorDescribed as “mesmerising”, “compelling” and “ingenious”, Declan Gorman’s acclaimed solo performance brings the history and the stories of James Joyce’s remarkable first book Dubliners to vivid life.

It is 1914. London publisher Grant Richards has decided to re-read Joyce’s manuscript, eight years after rejecting it over fears it might breach British and Irish obscenity laws. As the streets of Dublin and the racy, comic stories of Joyce’s childhood and young adult world spring to life around him, Richards relives his frustrating correspondence with the petulant Irish writer. Should he risk everything second time around and be the one to launch this volatile but brilliant genius to a world about to descend into the madness of war?


Gorman holds the audience enraptured throughout with a truly mesmerising performance!” Metro Herald

Very entertaining … ingeniously intercuts Joyce and his publisher’s letters with extracts from the collection.” Mail on Sunday

Excerpts from the book come vividly to life. Gorman does it admirably and cleverly.” Irish Times

A compelling performer… animated and intelligent.” Irish Theatre Magazine

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. Show runs nightly at 7pm Wed-Mon. Matinee show Sat 14 at 3pm (€8). Tickets €12/10. Booking required. Buy tickets here.


Thursday, 12 June, 7pm

Irish Jewish Museum Talk With Louis Lentin

Louis Lentin RTE“I Don’t Understand. I Fail To See, I Dearsee You Too” was first given in 1992 as part of a symposium in Dublin’s Irish Jewish Museum. Now slightly revised, Lentin, a casual paddler in the Joycean stream, presents a personal and hopefully not too opaque insight into the heart of this once paralytic Hibernian Metropolis. Interweaving a number of strands that entwine Joyce’s great creation Leopold Bloom, Lentin will shed light on the Yiddish Goy whose fateful fabled perambulation through Dublin on the 16th June 1904 we now celebrate annually.

Louis Lentin, until his recent retirement, was one of Ireland’s foremost theatre and television producers and directors. A former Head of Television Drama for RTÉ, he has also directed in the United States, Israel, Great Britain and France. His Joyce productions include The Voice of Shem adapted by Mary Manning from Finnegans Wake.


Irish Jewish Museum, 3 Walworth Road, Portobello, Dublin 8.

Tickets €5. Booking required: Contact the Irish Jewish Museum: +353857067357 or



Friday, 13 June, 10am-4pm

The Bloomsday Bus Tour - SOLD OUT

Bus Tour 1Immerse yourself in Joyce’s Dublin with our day-long bus tour. Delving into Dublin’s southern suburbs, we’ll explore Joyce’s early formative years alongside the locations that became so central to his fiction. Stops will include South Dublin’s old Jewish quarter (‘Little Jerusalem’), Joyce’s birthplace in Rathgar and early childhood home in Rathmines, the Martello Tower in Sandycove, Mr. Deasy’s School at Dalkey, and Sandymount Strand. The tour also includes admittance to the Irish Jewish Museum where a talk will be delivered on the history of the Irish Jewish community, as well as the Martello Tower in Sandycove. The tour will stop for lunch in the picturesque village of Glasthule. Note: this tour will begin and finish at the James Joyce Centre; ticket does not include lunch.

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

Tickets €30. Booking required. Buy tickets here.

PLEASE NOTE : The Bus Tour starts from the James Joyce Centre at 10AM and returns to the Centre at 4PM



Saturday 14 June, 12pm – 4pm

‘The Ondt and the Gracehoper’ Signing at the James Joyce Centre

Ondt&Gracehoper-JACKET.indd‘The Ondt and the Gracehoper’ is James Joyce’s peculiar and hilarious re-telling of Aesop’s ancient fable of ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’. Joyce’s version is presented in Part III, Chapter 1 of his last great work, Finnegans Wake. Irish artist and illustrator Thomas McNally recently published the first illustrated edition of Joyce’s fable with Lilliput Press. This edition offers readers a unique introduction to Joyce’s final masterpiece. Thomas will be in the James Joyce Centre signing copies of the book on Saturday 14th June from 12 to 4pm, and on Sunday 15th June from 12 to 2pm.





Saturday 14 June & Sunday 15 June, 2pm – 4.45pm

 Joycean Pub Crawl

A Bloomsday StrollJames Joyce said it would be a good puzzle to try to cross Dublin without passing a pub. Instead of taking up that challenge why not embrace the combination of Irish literary and pub culture with a gentle, civilised pub crawl? You’ll take in Dublin’s best traditional pubs while meeting surprise speakers, poets, singers and storytellers that will interact and guide our fellow-travelers through three well-known Dublin pubs with readings from Dubliners and Ulysses.

Meet at: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

Tickets: €7/5. Booking required:








Saturday, 14 June, 1pm

Meet The Artist: Clinton Cahill – ‘Illuminating The Wake’

Clinton CahillArtist Clinton Cahill’s Illuminating the Wake features a selection of images in the form of mappings, drawings, prints, paintings and bookwork made in response to Finnegans Wake since the mid-nineties. Drop in to Darc Space at 1pm where the artist will deliver a short presentation on how he delves into the mysteries of the Wake followed by Boston’s Here Comes Everybody Players performing scenes from Joyce’s obscure masterpiece. ‘Illuminating The Wake’ will be on show until June 16, for more information check out our blog!

Darc Space,26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

Free Event. Booking required: Contact Darc Space by phone or email on +35318788535 or email






Saturday, 14 June, 1pm

Dubliners 100 Launch

Dubliners_100_Cover_Without_NamesCome to the Irish Writer’s Centre for a series of ‘in conversation’ events to celebrate the launch of Dubliners 100, Tramp Press’ modern retelling of Dubliners by 15 of Ireland’s most exciting writers. Some of the writers, including John Boyne and Evelyn Conlon, will talk through their new takes on some of Joyce’s most accessible stories.

Irish Writer’s Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Tickets €7/5 available on the door. Contact the Irish Writer’s Centre on +35318721302 or











 Sunday, 15 June represents 100 years since the original publication of James Joyce’s Dubliners. To celebrate the occasion and get in gear for Bloomsday we have a series of special events:

Sunday, 15 June, 1pm

Dubliners Street Theatre

HCE Players NGGS 4Bringing Dubliners to life with Dubliners Street Theatre. Each of the fifteen Dubliners stories will be brought to life through short dramatised excerpts from the text, performed with audience participation on fifteen separate doorsteps on North Great George’s Street. The troupe and audience will work their way up the street in a musical procession stopping at different doorsteps to celebrate each of the Dubliners stories.  This event will feature actors and musicians from The Here Comes Everybody Players of Boston, Massachusetts.

Additional detail and background for each story will be provided by a digital link to the Digital Dubliners iBook, produced by Professor Joe Nugent and students of Boston College.

North Great George’s Street. Free. No booking required.





 Sunday 15 June, 1pm – 3pm

Happenings and Street Feast Present: Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch

7389935878_a12c145ce1_bHappenings run pop up, innovative and spontaneous cultural events around Dublin – we like to be a bit different. We’re re-imagining Bloomsday. Our Street Feast “Tea Party” will showcase the wackier side to Edwardian Dublin. A Tea Party that’s more Mad Hatter than high society. It wasn’t all white linen and straw hats; they really knew how to have a good time!

So come meet the real Joyce’s alter-ego. Hop under the covers and into bed with Molly Bloom, stuff yourself with cupcakes, cream buns & juices from our apothecary, win some prizes at the ridiculous & bizarre lucky potato sports day and dance the afternoon away at The Gramophone Disco.

 North Great George’s Street. Free. No booking required.









Sunday, 15 June, 3pm

Will Self & John Banville in Conversation With Carlo Gébler - SOLD OUT - British-Council-stacked-Corporate-small


John-Banville-Will-Self3One of Ireland’s literary greats, John Banville, sits down with one of England’s most innovative writers, Will Self, to discuss the influence and enduring impact of Joyce’s short story collection Dubliners. Published one hundred years ago on 15 June 2014, Joyce’s collection will be marked with this very special event in conjunction with the British Council being held in the intimate surrounds of the James Joyce Centre’s Kenmare Room. Led in conversation by Carlo Gébler, Banville and Self will reflect on their own experiences of these timeless stories – when they first recall reading them; how they rate the collection amongst Joyce’s other works; how their readings of the stories evolved over time; what particular stories have remained with them as readers; and what elements of the work they feel influenced their own writing. This will surely be one of the highlights of Ireland’s literary calendar in 2014!

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

Tickets €8/6. Space limited: book early to avoid disappointment. Buy tickets here.

Sunday, 15 June, 4pm

John Huston’s The Dead at the Irish Film Institute

the dead screeninScreening one hundred years to the day after day James Joyce’s “Dubliners” was published on June 15th 1914 (and again on Bloomsday), the IFI Irish Film Archive presents John Huston’s pitch-perfect adaptation of The Dead.

In Dublin 1904, friends congregate, as they have done for years, at a New Year’s party in the household of the Misses Morkan, anxious that one of the guests, Freddy Malins (Donal Donnelly), might be drunk and hard to control. The faint sense of disharmony that steals over the proceedings comes from another source entirely: a remembrance of things past. Everything will gather to the moment when Gretta (Anjelica Huston), watched uncomprehendingly by her husband Gabriel (Donal McCann), stops on the stairs to listen to a song which has stirred anguished longings she had thought forgotten.

The Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Tickets €9/7.60 (IFI Members: €7.90/6.90). Contact the Irish Film Institute on +35316793477 or


Sunday, 15 June, 5pm

Dubliners 1914 Parliament

Set in the Pillar Room in the Rotunda Hospital, the 1914 Parliament will sit under the watchful eye of a very special Honorary Speaker to hear passionate proposals from costumed speakers for how life in Dublin and Ireland can be improved over the next 100 years, recalling the era of James Joyce’s Dubliners. You, the audience, are part of the Parliament and you can question the speakers on their motions and vote to approve such proposals as votes for women, Home Rule for Ireland, the abolition of censorship, and themes addressed in Joyce’s Dubliners stories.


The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1. Free. No booking required.

Sunday, 15 June

Exhibition of Illustrations from Robert Berry’s ‘The Dead’


Pop into the Little Museum of Dublin to view a selection of Robert Berry’s hand drawn ink illustrations of ‘The Dead’. These drawings are taken from the new, limited edition publication of ‘The Dead’ published by Stoney Road Press to mark the centenary of Dubliners; a deft, subtle portrait of everyday life in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Berry’s incredibly detailed and evocative illustrations will be on show in the Little Museum of Dublin from Thursday, 12 June onwards.


The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Admission to the Museum: €7/€5.50









Monday, 16 June, 8am, 10am & 12 noon

Bewley’s Bloomsday Breakfast at the James Joyce Centre - SOLD OUT

Bloomsday at JJC 1Join us at the Joyce Centre for a traditional full-Irish Bewley’s Bloomsday Breakfast, complete with all the Ulyssean fare you’ve come to expect – yes, icky inner organs and all! And as you eat with relish and savour the fine tang of the grub, our troupe of Joycean players will serve up a platter of scenes from Joyce’s masterpiece. Actors Les Doherty, Elaine Reddy and John O’Donoghue bring the characters to life, whilst Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher (Songs of Joyce) perform musical numbers from the book.

And remember: your ticket covers entry to the James Joyce Centre so you are welcome to pop in later in the day when our exhibitions open up after 2pm!

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

Tickets €25. Booking Required. Buy tickets here.








Monday, 16 June, 2–5pm

Bloomsday at the James Joyce Centre

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Drop into the James Joyce Centre in the afternoon and explore our Ulysses exhibition, check out the table where Joyce worked on Finnegans Wake and rap at the door of No. 7 Eccles Street. From 2pm you can explore Joyce’s Dublin through the images of photojournalist Lee Miller alongside performances from the HCE Players and, as ever, North Great George’s Street will have lots going on so drop down and soak up the atmosphere! Be sure to be in your best Bloomsday getup for the cameras!

Please note: the Centre will be closed between 8am-2pm as the Bloomsday Breakfasts are taking place, but our walking tours will run from 10am from outside the Centre and our bookshop will remain open.

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. Entry: €5 adults/€4 concession.






 Monday, 16 June, 3-6pm

Readings and Songs in Meeting House Square

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Join us at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar as Master of Ceremonies Peter Sheridan hosts a gala afternoon of readings and songs from Ulysses. Joyceans of all ages and backgrounds are most welcome! Come and read your favourite few words from the book of the day or simply sit and listen to Joyce’s sweet music being read by the great and the good of our fair city! Tenor Morgan Crowley, soprano Deirdre Masterson and pianist David Wray will also treat you to songs from the Big Blue Book of Eccles.

Peter is the recipient of the Rooney Prize for Literature (1977), two Arts Council Bursaries (1982 and 1986) and was writer in residence at the Abbey Theatre in 1980. With his brother Jim he founded the Project Theatre Company and his writing credits there include The Liberty Suit (in collaboration with Gerard Mannix Flynn). Theatre work includes: The world premiere of The Shawshank Redemption at The Gaiety Theatre Dublin. The hugely successful Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story, which had a sold-out run at the Belfast Grand Opera House and returns to Belfast and Dublin this year.

Peter’s directorial credits include the American premiere of his play Diary of a Hunger Strike at the Los Angeles Theatre Centre, Shades of the Jelly Woman at the Irish Arts Centre, New York, Off-Broadway and the premiere of his play Mother of All the Behans with Rosaleen Linehan His film credits include the award winning short The Breakfast (winner of the Prix Arte Europe at the Brest Festival, 1998 and a Canadian Rocky at Banff, 1999) and the feature Borstal Boy, released in 2000.
He has published 44: A Dublin Memoir (nominated for an Irish Times Literary Award in 2000) and Forty-Seven Roses. His novel Big Fat Love was published in October of 2003​

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Free and open to the public; limited seating available. No booking required.







Monday 16 June, Doors 7pm.

Romping Through Ulysses – James Joyce meets Rocky Horror

Romping Through Ulysses - James Joyce meets Rocky Horror with At it Again!Treat yourself to a night of cinema and entertainment that will bring to life the magic of UlyssesAt it Again! in collaboration with Film Fatale present an interactive screening of the 1967 classic film by Joseph Strick. Become totally immersed as you romp through Ulysses. The evening will be peppered with party pieces, prizes for the best-dressed and props supplied from the Bloomsday Survival Kit.

After the screening, join James Joyce in some crazy-legged dancing and absinthe drinking. Make sure to dress up! Find your inner Edwardian, 1960s style or cross-dress in true Rocky Horror fashion. Warning! The film will be cut short with the final half hour replaced with a live version of Dirty Penelope! Please note that the Wrap Party is included in the price. 

 The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Tickets €10. Booking required. Buy tickets here. Contact +353868185537 or



 Monday 16 June, 10.30pm

Bloomsday Festival Wrap Party

Bloomsday Festival Wrap Party with At it Again!In Ulysses, the two heroes, Bloom and Dedalus, head into Nighttown for a spot of surreal entertainment. Join them for a wild night in the delicious underbelly of Ulysses. Watch Joyce doing his famous spider-legged dance. Take a turn with an Edwardian whore. Meet the suave Buck Mulligan. Get chatted up by Blazes Boylan or flirt with the hot-blooded Molly Bloom. A wrap party to remember!

 The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Tickets €5, available on the door.









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  1. Sep
    Talk by Caroline Elbay @ James Joyce Centre
    Monday: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Caroline Elbay (Champlain College Dublin) will give her talk entitled ‘Whores, Mothers and Others: Women in Dubliners’. 

  2. Oct
    Monday: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Anne Fogarty (UCD) will give her talk entitled ‘”Damn it, can’t we Irish play fair”?: Parnellism and the myth of Parnell in ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’.

  3. Nov
    Monday: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Dr Katherine O’Callaghan (TCD) will give her talk ‘Faintly illuminating the cadence of the air: the role of song in Joyce’s ‘The Dead’’.

  4. Dec
    Talk by Terence Killeen @ James Joyce Centre
    Monday: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Terence Killeen (James Joyce Centre Research Scholar) will give his talk ‘Imaginary Dubliners’.