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.
Join the Poetry Brothel this Bloomsday eve for Midnight Mass in the bowels of a former eighteenth-century church. Traverse the guilty and shameful pleasures of Joyce’s mind to find solace and liberation in the sensuality of the arts.
& he Church Bar & Restaurant, Mary Street, Dublin 1,
After a Bloomsday of big breakfasts, celebrity readings, gentle strolls through Dublin City, sidewalk lunches in Sandycove and Burgundy wines and Gorgonzola cheese, punters got down to the real business of the day, as night descended with a visit to the Poetry Brothel in ‘Nighttown\.
The Bloomsday After-Party transformed the Liquor Rooms into a late night, early morning, Nighttown Brothel scene, with ladies of the night, writers, poets, artists, radicals and performers, all kept in disorder by master of ceremonies, John Farrell [pic 6].
According to Mr. Farrell, the Brothel experience restores a sense of intimacy and fun in poetry and is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon with satellite poetry brothels in Paris, Barcelona, New Orleans and Portland.
This was the first time in Dublin and hoping to become a regular feature of Bloomsday, the event was themed on Bloom and Stephen’s sojourn into Dublin’s once notorious red light district…
A brace of Molly Blooms celebrating Bloomsday in Dublin city and Sandycove, Co Dublin.
From top: Eileen Fennell and Maragaret Toomey; Georgina and Olive Heffernan; Eileen and Margaret; Clery’s customer Donna Cooney; Georgina and Olive (left) with Millie; Sabrina Joyce a great grandniece of James Joyce and daughter Aimeilla at the Bloomsday Breakfast in the James Joyce Centre on North Great Georges Street Dublin; Afric Wall at the Bloomsday Festival in Meeting House Square, Dublin; unidentified at Meeting House Square; Jim and Breda Carroll.
Caitriona Ni Threasaigh (left) and Mary Pat Moloney playing “The Washerwomen” from Finnegans Wake in Sandycove, Co Dublin.