James Joyce’s Ulysses features what is perhaps one of the most famous breakfasts in literature, the fried pork kidney enjoyed by Leopold Bloom in the ‘Calypso’ episode of the novel. Over the years, the Bloomsday Breakfast has become one of the festival’s most established traditions. This year, on the morning of June 16th, The James Joyce Centre hosted the “Bloomsday Breakfast” for visitors who enjoyed traditional Irish breakfasts with pork kidneys while being entertained by musical and dramatic performances from Joyce’s novel.
Later in the day, visitors attended Afternoon Tea in the fine Georgian surrounds of the James Joyce Centre’s Kenmare Room. There they enjoyed gorgonzola sandwiches, Banbury cakes and more sweets and treats inspired by Ulysses whilst sipping fine loose leaf teas. Within the Joycean atmosphere, legendary Irish actress Mary McEvoy (Biddy, Glenroe) and Dublin-born International soprano Sandra Oman in the roles of Nora Barnacle and Molly Bloom, conjured up the world of Joyce through chat, songs and extracts from the Blue Book of Eccles.