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This morning/afternoon.

Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.

Joyce fans in period costume, some masked, celebrate Bloomsday at Ulysses-featuring Sweny’s Pharmacy.

Earlier: Buck Starts Here

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


This morning.

Forty Foot, Sandycove, County Dublin.

Niall Burgess, Secretary General at the Department of Foreign Affairs, begins Bloomsday in scrotum-tightening manner.

In fairness.


This morning.

RTÉ has announced that an almost 30-hour production of James Joyce’s Ulysses will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra to celebrate Bloomsday on Tuesday,  June 16.

Anne Louise Foley writes:

The full dramatised production – originally broadcast in 1982 (top) 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.

The production was recorded by Marcus MacDonald, directed by William Styles, and performed by the RTÉ Players, featuring Pegg Monahan, Patrick Dawson, Ronnie Walsh, Brendan Cauldwell, Colette Procter, Barbara McCaughey, Kate Minogue, Denis Staunton, Laurence Foster, Conor Farrington and Déirdre O’Meara….

Listen live on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, or via podcast here.


This morning.

Brian Lavery tweetz:

Good morning #fortyfoot

(Don’t miss the diver – far left)


A ban on swimming in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s beaches – Seapoint Beach, Sandycove Beach, the Forty Foot bathing area, Killiney Beach and White Rock Beach – was lifted last night.

It follows the placing of the ban on June 6 after a sewerage wastewater overflow at Irish Water’s Ringsend wastewater treatment plant on June 4 and 5.

Swimming ban lifted on south Dublin beaches (The Irish Times)

From top: US Democrat Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, Peter Butitigieg and Jow Biden, viewing an original copy of Ulysses in Trinity College’s library in 2016.

Weaponising Joyce

On the US campaign trail.

Via The New Yorker:

Beto O’Rourke comes to Joyce by way of Homer. Last April, he told a Texas radio interviewer that the Odyssey was “absolutely” his favorite book. He named his first child Ulysses—only, he has suggested, because he “didn’t have the balls to call him Odysseus.” That’s fine. Joyce, too, called his novel after the Latin rather than Greek name of the hero.

O’Rourke’s story starts to wobble, however, when you learn that his next child, a daughter, is named Molly, seemingly referring to Leopold Bloom’s wife—she of the twenty-four-thousand-word, eight-sentence, unpunctuated soliloquy that closes the novel. And his third child, another son, is named Henry. If you’re already in a “Ulysses” state of mind, you might recall that Leopold Bloom hides behind the nom de plume Henry Flower in his epistolary flirtation with the “lady typist” Martha Clifford….

Pete Buttigieg’s Joyceolatry comes across as the best informed and the most authentic. I’ve known how to spell (if not how to pronounce) “Buttigieg” for a long time, because Mayor Pete’s father, Joseph A. Buttigieg, was a literary scholar who wrote a book about Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

Taking that volume down from my shelf the other day, I saw that Buttigieg writes in the preface that “our son Peter Paul has contributed an uncommon measure of patience and tolerance” to the writing of the book. It was published in 1987, when Pete was five—patience and tolerance were no small thing.

Joe Biden’s occasional references to Joyce over the years feel less strategic. He hasn’t been talking about Joyce as often of late—there have been other issues for him to address—though he has a habit of kicking around Joyce allusions like snuff at a wake….After seeing some of Joyce’s manuscripts in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin, in 2016, Biden called him “one of my favorite writers”

…But, given the controversy swirling around him, Biden should remember that “Ulysses” contains its own #MeToo movement, or at least moment. In the novel’s most vertiginous chapter, “Circe,” Bloom hallucinates a series of women accusing him of a wide range of forms of unwanted sexual attention

The Politicians Who Love “Ulysses” (Kevin Dettmar, New Yorker)

Pics: Getty/Rollingnews

Thanks Bebe


‘In Ulysses’.

This time there’s no escape.

“…As a user of “In Ulysses” [By Eoghan Kidney] walks along a virtual Sandymount Strand, the book will be read to them – they will hear Stephen’s thoughts as they are written – but these thoughts will then be illustrated around the user in real-time using textual annotations, images and links. A user can stop walking (therefore stopping Stephen walking) and explore these illustrations, gaining insight into the book and adding to the enjoyment of it.
A fun experience, a next-gen E-Book and an educational tool exploring the meanings hidden within the language of James Joyce’s masterpiece – “In Ulysses” will be a new way of reading Joyce’s work…”


Scrotum-tightening but needing some funding (link below).

In Ulysses (FundIt)


Further to our stream of coinsciousness post earlier:

A €10 silver coin being offered for sale to the public in honour of James Joyce by the Central Bank tomorrow contains a misquote from the author.

The line used on the coin from Chapter 3 of Ulysses includes superfluous conjunction – a rogue ‘that’ – spotted this afternoon by RTE

Joyce wrote:

“Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read.”


The Central Bank coin reads:

“Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things that I am here to read.”


Designed by Cobh, Co Cork, artist Mary Gregoriy, the coin will retail at a commemorative €46.


It’s Joyce.

No one’s going to read it.


Error in Ulysses line on special €10 coin issued by Central Bank (RTE)

Pic: Jason Clarke

For the day what’s in it.

Leopold’s Map a limited edition print which typographically maps Bloom’s meanderings around the city.

Rachel Kerr writes:

I am a Dublin designer and have just launched a map of Dublin city which is typographically formed from everywhere mentioned in Ulysses. Three years in the making it also has a directory which features over 400 real people and premises that were mentioned in Ulysses and in existence on the day.

Leopold’s Day