Some things to do on Bloomsday 2014 in Dublin

Bloomsday Festival 2014 10th – 16th June in Dublin

Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904 as that day is depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning.’ (

This is my copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses … this is also my dog Charlie’s reaction to my copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses when I asked him had he read it or in fact whether his adoptive mother, that be me, had read it … that pooch knows me too well … And yes the answer is no and yes that was a bit random …

Yes I did start to read it, I got one sixth way through this 1922 text version. No I didn’t find it hard to read. No I didn’t bore of it. No there is no excuse to why I shouldn’t just pick it up right now and start again … and you know what I think I will … and just in time for Bloomsday 2014.

Whether you’ve read this masterpiece or not there is absolutely nothing stopping you from joining in on the Bloomsday celebrations this year. Dublin has an action packed schedule full of events to partake in that kicked into action today June 10th and which will be celebrated through to and inclusive of June 16th, Bloomsday. For a full listing of the Bloomsday in Dublin Events, visit the James Joyce Centre’s website here on their bloomsday-events-in-dublin page.

If I wasn’t working on Bloomsday my list would be much longer however I did find some things to do which I can work into my lunch time and partake in after work (I finish at 5.30pm btw) …


What: Feeding the Seagulls with At it Again 

Where: Boardwalk by Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1

When: Bloomsday 1.10-1.40pm

Cost: Free but bring some bread as it won’t be fun otherwise

Bloomsday at Bison Bar Dublin

What: Blooomsday at Bison Bar

When: Bloomsday food 12pm-9pm / drink 12pm-late

Where: Roger Greene Solicitor’s Office (Bison Bar), 11 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Cost: Roger Greene Cocktails €5.00. Their delicious food prices vary but get 10% off all food ordered – just mention your ‘appointment with Roger Greene’


What: Romping Through Ulysses with At it Again – James Joyce meets Rocky Horror

Where: The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

When: Bloomsday 7pm 

Cost: €10.00

For more information on James Joyce and Ulysses, visit the The James Joyce Centre Dublin website here

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