Bloomsday Festival, 11th – 16th June, 2016


Bloomsday 2016 at the Tower
 was an outstanding success. It began on Saturday, June 11th with Caitríona Ní Threasaigh performing as Molly Bloom in the Round Room. Caitríona is a favourite at the tower and her portrayal of Molly Bloom is always enjoyable. Caitríona did two performances on the day. Both were played to ‘full houses’ and both were universally praised.

On Sunday we had our first music event of the Bloomsday Festival with Lua McIlraith and Simon Heapes entertaining us with Joyce inspired songs.

Monday and Tuesday were touring days at the tower with Friends of Joyce Tower Society Volunteers delighting visitors with tours in costume each day.

On Wednesday, our second musical event saw our talented Friends of Joyce Tower Society volunteer musicians entertain with songs and tunes inspired by James Joyce.

Finally, on Thursday (Bloomsday itself) we opened early (8.00 am) to allow visitors to start the day as Stephen did – at the Sandycove Martello Tower. There was a terrific line-up of events including readings by Owen Roe from ‘Ulysses’, a world’s first airing of the opening scene of an Operatic interpretation of ‘Ulysses’ (music by Eric Sweeney) and Caitríona Ní Threasaigh came back with Mary Pat Maloney to perform excerpts from the washerwomen from ‘Finnegans Wake’.

Thanks to all involved in the organisation of this year’s Bloomsday. A special thanks to the Friends of Joyce Tower Society volunteers who really entered into the spirit of things by greeting visitors in Joycean costume throughout the week. Their enthusiasm made the tower an even more magical place for the festival. 

Roll on Bloomsday 2017!

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

The fun doesn’t just begin at 8am in the morning with readings, songs and stories, but in the days beforehand when everyone at the Tower goes all out to celebrate the highlight of the Joycean calendar.