Bloomsday Festival, 12th – 16th June, 2020


Sadly, since the programme described below was confirmed, we have had to cancel the 2020 Bloomsday celebrations at the James Joyce Tower & Museum. This is due to the ongoing threat posed by the Covid-19 virus.

Thank you (and our performers) for your support, patience and understanding in this matter.

We hope to announce some online activity to mark this year’s Bloomsday so keep an eye out on this site for updates!

In anticipation of a return to normality before June, we have put together a terrific celebration of James Joyce and his writings for Bloomsday 2020 at the James Joyce Tower & Museum. As always, there will be a particular emphasis on his masterpiece, ‘Ulysses’.

We hope that you will be able to join us for a week of fun and entertainment and that you will enjoy the programme of free events that we have arranged to mark this year’s Bloomsday Festival.

We’re going to kick-off the festival on Friday, 12th June when Friend of Joyce Tower’s, Aidan Coleman, will treat us to a performance of his wonderful arrangement which he has entitled ‘Songs of Joyce, Beckett, Yeats & Wilde’. He will perform at 12.00 pm and, again, at 3.00 pm.

On Saturday, 13th June, we will welcome the wonderful tenor, Noel O’Grady, to the tower. He will entertain us with a collection of songs ‘Ode to  James Joyce: Portrait of a Tenor’.

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 1.30 pm.

Sunday, 14th June sees the return of our great friend, Caitríona Ní Threasaigh, who will perform her wonderful interpretation of ‘Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy’ 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 this famous version of the final episode of ‘Ulysses’.

On Monday, 15th June, we are delighted to welcome Robert Grogan who 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’. Robert’s performance will begin at 3.00 pm.

Finally, on Tuesday, 16th June – 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 by Bryan Murray (beginning at 9.00 am), Bryan never fails to delight his Bloomsday audience with 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.

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:

And, here’s a flavour of what Bloomsday is all about: