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Finnegans Wake-End

May 3, 2019 - May 5, 2019

€5 – €50

To mark the 80 anniversary of the publication of Finnegans Wake the James Joyce Centre is delighted to host Finnegans Wake-End, a weekend celebrating this epic piece of literature. The Finnegan Wakes Film Project will be filmed in Joycean locations across the city, co-hosted by Waywords and Meansigns. Throughout the weekend, there will be further events, including a performance of “Mrs Liffey” by Sinead & Darina from Songs of Joyce and a Finnegans Wake reading workshop. For further information about the event click here.

Friday 3rd May SOLD OUT

Finnegan Wakes Film Project at the James Joyce Centre

8 pm

€15, including wine reception.

We’ll kick off the Finnegans Wake-End with a panel discussion featuring Derek Pyle, Gavan Kennedy, Genevieve Sartor and Terence Killeen. Our panellists will consider the cultural and artistic impact of Finnegans Wake since its first publication in 1939. They will also discuss the way Finnegans Wake‘s obscure, often difficult style lends itself to unique forms of reading and artistic adaptation. This will be a great opportunity to explore Joyce’s final masterpiece, including the Wake‘s relevance in the 21st century.

The panel discussion will be followed by the Dublin beginning of the Finnegan Wakes Film Project, where Everybody will be invite to read a full page to a piece of wordless music that has impacted on their life.


Saturday 4th May

Reading the Wake at the James Joyce Centre

2pm – 4pm


Led by Terence Killeen, James Joyce Centre Research Scholar, this reading workshop will explore the Anna Livia chapter of Finnegans Wake (Part I, Chapter 8). This accessible and engaging workshop will feature the 1929 recording of James Joyce reading from the text. Join us for an interesting afternoon exploring the linguistic richness of Joyce’s notorious text.

Saturday 4th May SOLD OUT

Circling the Wake at James Joyce Centre

8pm doors

€20, including wine reception.

Circling the Wake is an evening guaranteed to entertain both seasoned readers and newcomers to Finnegans Wake. This epic piece of literature has baffled and delighted countless readers. Readings and performances throughout the evening will open up the text. The Finnegan Wakes Film Project will continue with Everybody invited to read a full page to a piece of wordless music that has impacted on their life. Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy from Songs of Joyce will perform excerpts from their Misses Liffey show, which brings us on a riverrun journey through the city of Dublin. They’ll introducing us to many of James Joyce’s women characters that live, work, sing and laugh along her banks. The evening will also include performances from Cathal Stephens of The Here Comes Everybody Players and Breda Cannon-Courtney and Bertha Reilly of Wilde Irish Productions.

Sunday 5th May 

Finnegan Wakes at Sweny’s Chemist


Swenys Chemist hosts a regular Finnegans Wake reading group every Sunday evening at 6pm. You might like to join them on Sunday 5th May. Please note: this event is separate to the 8pm event being held in Sweny’s Chemist.

Sunday 5th May SOLD OUT

Finnegan Wakes at Sweny’s Chemist, Soffsoaping Salesman


€15, including tea and biscuits.

Sweny’s Pharmacy is famously featured in the fifth chapter of Joyce’s Ulysses, known as the ‘Lotus Eaters episode. This delightful spot has survived since 1847 and today still has all its original fixtures and fittings. Now run by volunteers, Sweny’s Chemist offers reading groups, bars of lemon soap and literary diversions served up with hot cups of tea. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the Finnegan Wakes Film Project in an intimate Joycean location. Everybody will be invite to read a full page to a piece of wordless music that has impacted on their life.



The Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening events are now sold out.  You can still book for the Reading the Wake event on Saturday 4th May at 2pm. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the booking form.


May 3, 2019
May 5, 2019
€5 – €50
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James Joyce Centre


The James Joyce Centre
35 North Great George's Street
Dublin 1, D01WK44 Ireland
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