Bloomsday Festival, 9th – 16th June, 2018

UPDATE: for reviews of the events below, please check out our ‘news’ section – hope you had a great Bloomsday 2018.

Bloomsday 2018 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 2018.

We’re going to kick-off the festival on Saturday, 9th June by 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; the first at 2.00pm and another at 4.00pm on Saturday. 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’.


On Sunday, 10th June, we will welcome back the wonderful tenor, 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. Noel’s performance will start at 3.00pm.

From Monday, 11th June through to Wednesday, 13th, you can 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 14th June, Aidan Coleman will take us on a Musical Odyssey through Joyce’s life and works. He will perform at 12.00pm and, again, at 3.00pm

On Friday 15th (Bloomsday eve) at 2.00 pm, the very talented duo, Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy will entertain us with an afternoon of Joycean songs.

Finally, on Saturday 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 tower-top readings from ‘Ulysses’ by Bryan Murray (beginning at 9.00am),

Caitríona Ní Threasaigh will come back with her fellow thespian, Mary Pat Moloney, to perform as the washerwomen from ‘Finnegans Wake’ at intervals throughout the day and, of course, there will be lots of chat and craic.

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:

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