Bloomsday Festival, 11th – 16th June, 2019

Bloomsday 2019 at the James Joyce Tower & Museum promises to be another terrific celebration of James Joyce and his writings – with a particular emphasis (for obvious reasons) on his masterpiece, ‘Ulysses’.

We hope that you will join us for a week of fun and entertainment and that you will enjoy the programme of free events that we have put together to mark the Bloomsday Festival 2019.

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We’re going to kick-off the festival on Tuesday 11th June by welcoming the very talented duo, Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy. They will entertain us with an afternoon of Joycean songs beginning at 2.00 pm.

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On Wednesday 12th at 3.00 pm, Robert Grogan will return to the tower to perform his highly entertaining ‘Strolling Through Ulysses’ This wonderful 70 minute one man show unlocks Joyce’s masterpiece, brings the characters to life and unravels the mysteries of the  extraordinary and iconic novel that is Ulysses.

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On Thursday 13th June, Friend of Joyce Tower’s  Aidan Coleman will treat us to a performance of a new arrangement which he has only just put together and entitled ‘SONGS of Joyce, Beckett, Yeats & Wilde – a 70 minute odyssey through their lives and works’. He will perform at 12.00 pm and, again, at 3.00 pm.

Friday 14th June sees the return of our great friend, Caitríona Ní Threasaigh, who will perform her wonderful interpretation of Molly Bloom in the tower’s Round Room. Caitríona is a favourite at the tower and her portrayal of Molly Bloom is not to be missed. Caitríona will do two performances; the first at 2.00 pm and another at 4.00 pm. Come along to the tower and enjoy Caitríona’s superb portrayal of Molly Bloom as she brings to life her famous soliloquy from the final episode of ‘Ulysses’.

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On Saturday, 15th June, we will welcome back the wonderful tenor, Noel !cid_A9360B48-4F76-4704-A8E9-050683084004@chelloO’Grady, who will entertain us with songs from ‘Ulysses’. Noel, five time winner of Oireachtas na Gaeilge for singing in Irish, will perform renditions of the songs associated with James Joyce. Noel has graced venues such as Áras an Uachtaráin and The National Concert Hall as well as celebrating Joyce, in song, internationally. Noel’s performance will start at 2.00 pm.

Finally, on Sunday 16th (Bloomsday!) we will open early (8.00 am) to allow visitors to start the day as Stephen did – at the Sandycove Martello Tower.

There will be a terrific line-up of events including readings from ‘Ulysses’ atop the tower imageby Bryan Murray (beginning at 9.00 am), Bryan never fails to delight his Bloomsday audience with his readings from our favourite book and we are delighted to have him return, again, this year.

The Druidy Druids singing group will pay a visit (at 10.15 am) to entertain us with songs and readings. Their presence at the tower on Bloomsday is becoming quite a tradition.Druidy Druids 2018616_104122 (2)

Caitríona Ní Threasaigh will come back to perform short snippets as Molly Bloom at intervals throughout the day and, of course, there will be lots of chat and craic.

Throughout the week, our wonderful Friends of Joyce Tower volunteers will dress in ‘Joycean’ attire and delight you with tours and stories of the tower and James Joyce’s time in this magical place.

Remember, all these events are free so there’s no excuse not to visit the place where it all began; the James Joyce Tower & Museum.

For updated information please check back to this site.

For information about other Bloomsday Festival events throughout the city, click on this link to the Bloomsday Festival website: www.bloomsdayfestival.ie

Here’s a flavour of what Bloomsday is all about: