Happy Bloomsday

BloomsdayImage by Fred Matos via Flickr
Today is Bloomsday.

Bloomsday celebrates the day on which the action of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place, 16 June 1904, the day on which Joyce first went out with his future wife, Nora Barnacle. 

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 through to the early hours of the following morning. 

One of the earliest Bloomsday celebrations was a Ulysses lunch, organised by Sylvia Beach, publisher of Ulysses, and her partner Adrienne Monnier in France in June 1929. 
The first Bloomsday celebrated in Ireland was in 1954, the fiftieth anniversary of the first Bloomsday when the writers Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien visited locations in the book like the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Davy Byrne’s pub,

 Entrance to 7 Eccles Street at the James Joyce...Image via Wikipedia
and 7 Eccles Street,( left) reading parts of Ulysses and drinking a great deal as they went!

Today, Bloomsday is celebrated by Joyceans across the globe with readings, performances, re-enactments, and a host of other events. In Dublin, enthusiasts dress in Edwardian costume and gather during the day at many of the locations where episodes of Ulysses take place. 

The James Joyce Centre hosts Bloomsday breakfasts including kidney, which Mr Bloom eats for breakfast in the novel

A few videos to guide you on your way through the celebration of the day ...

A reading from Ulysses

This is a recording of the ending of James Joyce's "Ulysses," as read by Marcella Riordan.

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