What events are taking place in Dublin on Thursday? – The Irish Times
Walking tours, dramatic readings, plays and pig kidney breakfasts will be part of Bloomsday celebrations on Thursday, as James Joyce devotees retrace the steps of Leopold Bloom through Dublin.
The annual celebration of Ulysses, Joyce’s massive groundbreaking play of fiction set in a single day in Dublin on June 16, 1904, makes a full return after two years of mostly online events due to Covid-19 .
So what are the events and where?
There will be a reading from Telemachus at the James Joyce Tower, Sandycove Point, South Dublin at 9.30am, organized by the Friends of the Joyce Tower Society.
A staple of any Bloomsday, Sweny’s Pharmacy on Lincoln Place will feature songs and readings from volunteers throughout the day, as well as lemon soap bars for sale.
The Balloonatics theater company organizes several theatrical rides to key venues in the morning and afternoon, followed by an evening show of repeat readings at the Wynn’s Hotel at 7.30pm (tickets €10).
Glasnevin Cemetery will hold a free re-enactment of Paddy Dignam’s funeral procession from the episode of Hades at 11am, followed by a Joycean-themed cemetery tour at a cost of €13.
Pro Cathedral Church in Marlborough Place will host its first-ever Bloomsday reading at 11.30am on Thursday. Former RTÉ actor Gerry McArdle is due to read Ulysses and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which were previously on the Vatican’s banned books index.
A full Bloomsday Breakfast will take place at the James Joyce Center on North Great George’s Street, with a Full Irish Breakfast including optional pork kidneys.
Historian Pat Liddy is running walking tours of the city retracing the steps of Leopold Bloom, with all tours selling out on Thursday due to demand.
Local historian Hugo McGuinness runs a 90-minute tour through the Monto, Dublin’s former red-light district, starting from Grainger’s pub on Talbot Street at 11am, which is also sold out.
The North Inner City Folklore project is to hold an outdoor photographic exhibition of old photographs of the Monto, which features in the book, on Foley Street from noon to 4 p.m.
The Edmund Burke Theater at Trinity College Dublin is screening a documentary at 11am examining the masterpiece, with free admission.
Actor Barry McGovern completes a full seven-day reading of Ulysses on the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock Stage on Thursday, with a reading at 10am and 2pm (tickets €12).
Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey is hosting a Bloomsday Whiskey Tasting at the Palace Bar on Fleet Street at 7.30pm, tickets cost €15 and proceeds will be donated to the Capuchin Franciscans.
Smaller ‘Bloomsday villages’ events were also held in Portobello, Ballsbridge, Ringsend, Sandymount and Drumcondra during the day.
Later in the week there is a walking tour along the Royal Canal on Saturday and Sunday from 11am, which explores the moments the canal presents in the book in 90 minutes with tour guides and artists.
The Smock Alley Theater is presenting a solo play about Nora Joyce, set five years after the death of her husband James Joyce in 1946, with tickets €20 and still available for Thursday. The Smock Alley also features an adaptation of Dubliners by James Joyce, which runs until June 24.
The National Gallery of Ireland presents an exhibition celebrating Ulysses in the Hugh Lane room until August 21.
- Jack Power is an Irish Times reporter and not to be confused with Jack Power of the ‘handsome face’ who traveled with Leopold Bloom to Paddy Dignam’s funeral at Ulysses