Tag Archives: Bloomsday

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.

Happy Bloomsday.

The First Bloomsday

Pics: National Library of Ireland/Leslie Mallory

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.

In fairness.


The Joycean pharmacy and Writers’ Tears: why a whiskey maker is helping keep Sweny’s open (Fora)

Previously: Help Small Pharma

This Sunday.

Phibsboro Library, Blacquiere Bridge, North Circular Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7.

The first Bloomsday in Phibsborough, a neighbourhood steeped in Joycean connections.

Organised by journalist and local resident Eamon Delaney and hosted by Phibsboro Tidy Towns.

With readings, music, dance and snacks – and a climate change angle.

Long overdue, in fairness.

Bloomsday in Phibsboro – A sustainable CIty for Joyce & Us

Poetry Brothel Dublin tweets:

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.

Steady on.

 & he Church Bar & Restaurant, Mary Street, Dublin 1, 

Book tickets here.

This morning.

North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1

James Joyce played by actor John Shelvin celebrates the annual Bloomsday Breakfast at the James Joyce Center marking June 16, 1904 the day in which the events of Ulysses take place.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


The Bloomsday Messenger bike rally gets underway this morning.

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Last night.

The Liquor Rooms, Wellington Quay, Dublin

Eamonn Farrell writes:

 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…

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews


This morning.

Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Telly’s Bryan Dobson with James Joyce lookalike Paul Kennedy and Graham Wilkinson (in formal attire) at the launch of the 23rd annual Brennan’s Bloomsday James Joyce Bike Rally.

The rally has  raised over €873,00 for the Irish Youth Foundation community and voluntary groups through the country

In fairness..

Brennan’s Bloomsday Messenger Rally (Brennan’s)




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.



This afternoon

Caitriona Ni Threasaigh (left) and Mary Pat Moloney playing “The Washerwomen” from Finnegans Wake in Sandycove, Co Dublin.

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

Scenes from the Bloomsday breakfast in The James Joyce Centre, DublinScenes from the Bloomsday breakfast in The James Joyce Centre, DublinShelli Whitfeld & Julien Bane celebrating Bloomday at the James Joyce Centre, Dublin

This morning.

Breakfast at the  James Joyce Centre, North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1 to celebrate Bloomsday featuring David Norris, singing and Joyce cosplaying.

Second pic: Sabrina Joyce a great grandniece of James Joyce holds her 10 month old daughter Aimeila. Third pic: Shelli Whitfeld  and Julien Bane.

Pics: Ruth Medjber



Senator David Norris and Green Party Dublin City Councillor Claire Byrne, third from left, with  unidentified Joyceans at the St Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street in Dublin this morning.

Via Claire Byrne



At 1.10pm today.

A group of actors will feed seagulls at O’Connell Bridge/bachelor‘s Walk.

Ned O’Sullivan is not welcome

At It Again