Starring Killian Scott, RTÉ will air the world premiere of US vs Ulysses by Colin Murphy – the compelling dramatization of the 1933 court case that resulted in the “un-banning” of Ulyssess in the USA. The premiere is presented in partnership with the James Joyce Centre.
Meanwhile, RTE/Ulysses will feature a range of additional content, including the complete RTÉ production – all 15 stories – of Dubliners, along with Joyce’s only play, Exiles. The website features 20 ‘explainer’ programmes, ‘Reading Ulysses‘, hosted by Gerry O Flaherty and Fritz Senn, as well as the Joycesongs series (music from the book performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra), and other audio and visual archive material.
RTÉ will also re-air the almost 30-hour production of James Joyce’s Ulysses worldwide on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra. The full dramatised production – originally broadcast in 1982 to celebrate the centenary of Joyce, and totalling 29 hours and 45 minutes in duration – will begin at the same time as both Stephen Dedalus’ and Leopold Bloom’s journey through Dublin begins in the book: 8am on 16 June. Audiences can listen live on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, or via podcast at link below…
Happy socially distanced Bloomsday. Obviously Joyce the eternal modernist would think we're all saps and take the piss out of our nostalgiafest but knowing it would annoy him is one of the thrills, ha. pic.twitter.com/wrFHgLjT8e
My restored and colourised photo taken on June 16 1954, the first Bloomsday, featuring poets Patrick Kavanagh & Anthony Cronin at the church – and Goggin’s pub – in Monkstown [County Dublin] with the carriage in which they’d been traveling about Dublin in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, the main protagonist in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.
From top: The first Bloomsday, 1954, from left: John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce; Patrick Kavanagh and John Ryan with the door of No. 7 Eccles Street, Bloomsday, 1967.
For the day that’s in it.
As Father’s Day falls on June 16, I would like to take this rare opportunity to acknowledge my late dad John Ryan (beloved of Deirdre) painter, writer, editor and one-man Arts Council to impoverished genius and chancer alike.
PJ Murphy (right), proprietor of Sweny’s, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 – the chemist featured in ‘Ulysses’ – where rent has doubled
The Whiskey distillery behind the Writers’ Tears brand has provided ‘significant’ financial support to Sweny’s pharmacy.
Bernard Walsh, managing director and co-founder of Carlow-based Walsh Whiskey – maker of Writers’ Tears and The Irishman whiskeys – said the company made a “significant contribution” to the pharmacy’s rent, after finding out that it had recently doubled.
…This coming Sunday – Bloomsday – Sweny’s will also be giving out drams of Writers’ Tears to visitors.