Celebrate Bloomsday Edwardian-Style
The Bloomsday Festival is truly unique to Dublin . This week of fun and festivities, runing from 11th-16th of June, is inspired by the work of one the world’s most influential authors, Dublin-born James Joyce. His masterpiece Ulysses chronicles one day in life of an ordinary Dubliner, Leopold Bloom.
You can follow in the footsteps of Leopold, for those of you who love to dress for the occaion why not go all out and wear the Edwardian garb! The James Joyce Centre is a great place to start the day with traditional Irish breakfast and readings by costumed actors and Joyceans. Located on the on of the most well-preseverd Georgian streets in Dublin, which will be closed to traffic, except for the old motorcars and horse and carts of yonder years. Unfortunately the brunch is sold out, but if you know somone who knows someone who can get you a golden ticket we highly recommend it. If not, there’s always next year. The James Joyce Centre’s on North Great George’s Street, just off the end of O’Connell St and near Stop 23 on the City Sightseeing Dublin route , find it here.
The really endearing thing about Bloomsday is the fun that it inspires. Revellers, dressed in Edwardian attire, stroll the city streets following the path of Leopold Bloom and stopping at milestone locations now immortalised in Ulysses to recite extracts as they go along their merry way. The James Joyce Centre has arranged several walking tours of the city with costumed actors giving inspired talks on Joyce and his Dublin. Join in Leopold’s walk across Dublin or hop on the City Sightseeing bus and beat the crowds to all of the top Bloomsday hotspots, including Sweeney’s Pharmacy on Lincoln Place (Stop 4) and Meeting House Square in Temple Bar (Stop 9) where Panti Bliss and Company will be reading from Ulysses from 3-6pm. The best bit, entry is free for all!
Have a great Bloomsday Festival and don’t forget to dust off your handwoven boater hat!
For more ideas on things to do in Dublin click here or stop by the Dublin Visitor Centre for more information!