The Dead Weekend

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Celebrating the centenary year of James Joyce’s seminal short story in January 2014!

 To kick off the centenary year of James Joyce’s Dubliners, the James Joyce Centre is hosting a long weekend of events celebrating ‘The Dead’ from 4-6th January 2014. Featuring talks, workshops and entertainment inspired by one of the finest stories in the English language, the weekend will culminate in a dinner inspired by that served by the Morkan sisters on Sunday 5th January and closes with a talk by Professor Declan Kiberd delivered on the Feast of the Epiphany, Monday 6th January. Places for the weekend are limited so early booking is strongly recommended.

 All events will take place at the James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

 PLEASE NOTE: The Centre will be closed between 22 December until 2 January – during this period please phone 0851127942, if you wish to make a booking by phone during this period. 

Saturday 4th January


12pm – Opening Talk: Professor Anne Fogarty – “For they are jolly gay fellows”: The Politics of Gender and Performance in ‘The Dead’. Click here for more details.

1.30pm – Lunch @ The Cobalt Cafe

3pm – Workshops: Led by Caroline Elbay (Music in ‘The Dead’) & Terence Killeen (Exploring the Dubliners)

5pm – Awake the Dead: Actress Maria McDermottroe in conversation with Seamus Hosey (followed by wine reception). Click here for more details.


Sunday 5th January


1pm – Talk: Dr James Quin – ‘O Vague Something behind Everything’: Exploring Crisscrossing Elements in ‘The Dead’. Click here for more details.

2.15pm – Tea/Coffee Break

3pm – Workshops: Groups switch for workshops led by Caroline Elbay (Music in ‘The Dead’) & Terence Killeen (Exploring the Dubliners)

7pm – Dead Dinner featuring songs and recitals. Click here for more details. PLEASE NOTE: This event is now sold out.

Monday 6th January


6.30pm – Closing Talk: Professor Declan Kiberd – Dubliners: The First Hundred Years. Click here for more details. PLEASE NOTE: This talk is now booked out.


COSTS: €180 for the entire weekend, including workshops, talks, lunch & refreshments, and a seat at the Dead Dinner. A concession rate of €160 is available for students with valid ID, seniors (60+), and the unwaged. Full weekend tickets are limited in number so early booking is advised.

A small number of places are available for the talks by Anne Fogarty, James Quin and Maria McDermottroe/Seamus Hosey at a charge of €10 (€8 concession) per talk; Declan Kiberd’s talk is now fully booked out.

We have also released a small number of places at the Dead Dinner. Tickets cost €75 and are limited so, again, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Booking can be made by telephone (+3531-8788547) or by dropping into the Centre (35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1) or book online via PayPall click here to our shop page.