Bloomsday Festival, 10th – 16th June, 2017

Reviews of all the events over the Bloomsday Festival 2017 at the tower can be found in our ‘News’ section

Bloomsday 2017 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 few Bloomsday Poster 2017days of fun and entertainment and that you will enjoy the programme of free events that we have put together to mark the Bloomsday Festival.

We’re going to kick-off the festival on Saturday 10th June at 2.00 pm with Music at the Tower and we are delighted to welcome Noel O’Grady who will entertain us with songs from ‘Ulysses’. Noel, five time winner of Oireachtas na Gaeilge for traditional 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.

It would not be Bloomsday at the tower without welcoming 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 as we present Theatre at the Tower on Sunday 11th June. Be there at 2.00 pm or at 4.00 pm on Sunday to enjoy a superb portrayal of Molly Bloom’s famous soliloquy from ‘Ulysses’.

Caitríona Ní Threasaigh as Molly Bloom

From Monday 12th June through to Wednesday 14th, Enjoy tours of the tower when Friends of Joyce Tower Society Volunteers dressed in ‘Joycean’ attire will delight you with their stories of the tower and recount James Joyce’s time in this magical place.

On Thursday 15th June (Bloomsday eve) at 4.00 pm, the Friends of Joyce Tower invite you to join them in a bit of a singsong at the tower to put you in the mood for Bloomsday itself.

Finally, on Friday 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 by Bryan Murray from ‘Ulysses’, Caitríona Ní Threasaigh will come back to perform during the day and, of course, there will be lots of chat and craic throughout.

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.

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

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