This year the Bloomsday festival will run from the 10th to 16th June with numerous activities organised across the city.
The James Joyce Centre will have activites taking place over the five days in various locations to celebrate Leopold Bloom's journey around Dublin City on 16th June 1904. Click on the following link to download a copy of the 2012 programme.
Bewleys Café Theatre
presents Molly Bloom
from Monday 11 – Thursday 14 June at 8pm
Eilin O’Dea reprises her acclaimed performance of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy which closes out Joyce’s seminal novel Ulysses.
Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton St.
Tickets: €12/€15. Contact: Bewley’s Cafe Theatre +353 (0)86 8784001 or go to website www.bewleyscafetheatre.com
Dún Laoghaire - Several events will take place in at the Pavillion Theatre in Dún Laoghiare to celebrate the Bloomsday festival. Tickets for all these events are €5. Click on the following link for dull details of all of the events Bloomsday in Dún Laoghaire
Bloomsday at Glasnevin Museum - amongst the countless Joycean characters buried in Glasnevin is the writer's father John Stanislaus. This year to celebrate this historic date Glasnevin Museum will run a series of events including a Joycean breakfast in the Tower cafe, a reading of Chapter six Hades by the Dublin Shakespeare Society and a Joycean tour of the cemetery with Shane Mac Thomais.
10.00am - 4.00pm: Joycean breakfast and lunch in Glasnevin Museum's Tower Café.
12.00pm: Dublin Shakespeare Society presents a rehearsed reading from the ' Hades' chapter of Ulysses. Featuring Ian Blackmore, Terry Byrne, Joe Jordan, Val O'Donnell, Jim O'Keeffe and Blasie Reid. Duration 30 minutes (approx). Admission free.
1.30pm: Joycean Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery with Shane Mac Thomais. Tour tickets are €6. Booking is advised to avoid disappointment. To book tel: 01 8826550 or email:
Bloomsday at the Irish Writers' Centre -
The Irish Writers’ Centre will attempt to make history this Bloomsday by claiming the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books’.
Senator David Norris will open proceedings in the Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, at 10am on Friday, June 15th and the first reader will be best-selling novelist, John Boyne. The readings, of 15 minutes each will run for 28 hours, all through the night, culminating at 2pm on Bloomsday. The current record of 75 is held by the Berlin International Literature Festival.
The readings will be open to the public and the worldwide audience can join in too, as the whole event will be streamed live on the Irish Writers’ Centre website. There will be a broad range of texts and tastes, and audience members are invited to stay all night and cheer on the writers reading into the small hours.
For a full list of the readers taking part click here
Bloomsday at the National Library of Ireland
Joyce in Bloom - A talk for Bloomsday by Senator David Norris, Seminar Room at 2pm
The Music of Joyce's World - Denise Kelly-McDonnell harp, Ellen Cranitch flute, Jane Hughes cello Main Hall, National Library 1.30 pm – 7.00 pm with intermissions
A Taste of Ulysses: short extracts read by actors Mark Lambert and Barbara Brennan in the Reading Room at 1.30pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm
All events are free and admission is on a first-come first-served basis.
For more information tel: 01 603 0259 or email:
JUST A SONG. Bloomsday Readings by Miriam Gallagher with Music by Ciaran Tourish (Altan)
Ranelagh Arts Centre (location: Village Market next door ) Tel: 085 7437212
Sat. 16th June at 2.p.m. This is a free event. All welcome.
As part of Bloomsday events organised by Ranelagh Arts Centre, local playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Miriam Gallagher will read from 'Dubliners'. Music will be played by Ciaran Tourish (Altan). Miriam is an award winning playwright whose work is produced worldwide. She has published four books of plays, a novel, a collection of short stories and non-fiction. For more information on the author visit www.miriamgallagher.ie.
Rough Magic Theatre present Travesties by Tom Stoppard, directed by Lynne Parker from the 7-23 June at 8pm in the Pavillion Theatre Dún Laoghaire.
Zurich 1917: artists and exiles take refuge from the Great War in neutral Switzerland. Joyce is writing Ulysess and Lenin is planning a revolution. Humorous complications and mistaken identities arise when Joyce decides to stage Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Tickets are €18-€25. To book tel: 01 2312929 or log on to: www.paviliontheatre.ie
Bloomday at UCD - JoyceSong - Irish songs from the works of James Joyce.
Lunchtime recitals by John Feeley and Fran O'Rourke with Joyce's recently restored guitar which dates from c. 1830.
Newman House, 86 St Stephen's Green, Monday 11 - Friday 15, 1.05 - 1.55 pm. €10 www.joycesong.info
It is widely known from a famous photograph taken in 1915 by Joyce’s friend Ottacaro Weiss in Zurich (https://joycefoundation.osu.edu/people/joyce-5). Joyce gave the instrument to his friend Paul Ruggiero in the late '30s. Ruggiero donated it to the Joyce Museum in Sandycove in 1966. It was restored in March 2012 by renowned luthier Gary Southwell courtesy of facilities provided by the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. The guitar is on loan from the Joyce Tower courtesy of the James Joyce Museum; it will be returned to Sandycove in time for the Bloomsday celebrations.
Images of the restored guitar may be viewed at:
To honour Boomsday some of our Literary Ambassador Hotels are offering discounted rates click on the following link for details http://www.dublincityofliterature.ie/literary-world/dublin-literary-ambassador-hotels-and-restaurants.html