Named after James Joyce’s most famous character, Leopold Bloom, Bloomsday is held annually on 16th June and celebrates the life of the great Irish writer. Joyce’s great work, ’Ulysses’, depicts a day in the life of Leo Bloom in Dublin and the day is now marked by re-enactments of events from the novel, public readings and gatherings at the places mentioned in the book. A wholly unique celebration, you’ll encounter plenty of people in fancy dress, a straw boater being the standard Bloomsday accessory. If you’d like to partake in this very Irish of celebrations, get dressed up in your finest Edwardian gear and start the day off with a hearty Bloomsday Breakfast!
Although there are plenty of events taking place around Dublin on 16th June, the official Bloomsday celebrations are organised by The James Joyce Centre at 35 North Great George’s Street. There will be a range of events taking place from 11th to 16th June including a breakfast, re-enactments and walking tours. There are plenty of free activities taking place around the city but others are ticketed. You can buy tickets for the walking tours, pub crawl and Bloomsday Breakfast from the official website. If you’re planning to travel to the Irish capital for Bloomsday, your nearest airport is Dublin International Airport. Once you land, find one of the airport shuttles buses, such as Airlink, Aircoach or Airport Hopper, to take you straight into the city centre.
The James Joyce Centre will be organising a series of Bloom-themed tours. Book a place on the ‘Introducing Joyce’s Dublin Tour’ and see the landmarks in Joyce’s life or become Leopold Bloom for the day by taking the ‘Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Tour’. No trip to Dublin for Bloomsday would be complete without spending some time in Davy Byrne’s pub, where the Ulysses hero had his lunch - visit it and many other drinking establishments on the ‘Joycean Pub Crawl’.
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There are plenty of things to see and do in the Irish capital so make sure you leave enough time to have a good look around. Check out St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Take a day trip to Galway for some of Ireland’s best scenery.
To find out more information about Bloomsday, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to book tickets for 2018 Bloomsday events, see which tours and pub crawls are taking place and view photos and videos from previous Bloomsday events.
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