11-16 June 2006. Celebrated by fans of James Joyce all over the world, Bloomsday on 16 June marks the day in 1904 when all the action of Ulysses takes place. Joyces novel follows the wanderings of Leopold Bloom, a modern-day Ulysses, and is set in and around Dublin. In the Irish capital the celebrations begin with the annual Pre-Bloomsday Walk, which this year re-enacts Telemachus, the opening episode of Ulysses, on 11 June, starting at the Joyce Tower in Sandycove at 14.00, with ad-hoc readings and dramatisations. Other events on Bloomsday itself include the traditional breakfast of grilled mutton kidneys at the James Joyce Centre (JJC) at 08.00, a guided walking tour following the eighth chapter of Ulysses starting from the GPO in OConnell Street at 14.00, street theatre and readings by Balloonatics theatre company at the original locations in the novel and a get-together at 20.00 at the JJC. The Diddlem Club are performing at 13.00 outside Davy Byrnes pub in Duke Street, where Bloom famously lunched on a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy. For more details of official and unofficial activities see the JJC website.
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The James Joyce Centre is at 35 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, just 10 minutes walk from OConnell Bridge. By bus 3, 10, 11, 13, 16, 19, 22, 123. By train to Tara St. or Connolly Station. Tel. +353 (1) 8788547 firstname.lastname@example.org