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Bloomsday

June 16
James Joyce's novel Ulysses describes the events of a single day in Dublin: June 16, 1904. First published in Paris in 1922 because it had been banned elsewhere, Ulysses caused an uproar when it finally did appear in Ireland, and for a time, Joyce was reviled by the people of Dublin. But since 1954 Bloomsday—named after the novel's main character, Leopold Bloom—has been a Joycean feast day, observed with a number of events throughout Dublin that commemorate its illustrious author and the lives of his characters. There is a ritual pilgrimage along the "Ulysses Trail" (the path followed by Leopold Bloom), public readings from the novel, costume parties, and parades. Joyce fans can visit the Martello Tower, where the author lived, the James Joyce Centre, and Davy Byrne's Pub, where Leopold Bloom stops on his day-long odyssey. Restaurants specialize in serving the dishes that Bloom ate: kidneys for breakfast, gorgonzola cheese and burgundy for lunch.
CONTACTS:
James Joyce Centre
35 N Great Georges St.
Dublin, 1 Ireland
353-1-8788547; fax: 353-1-8788488
www.jamesjoyce.ie
Dublin Tourism
Tourism Centre
Suffolk St.
Dublin, 2 Ireland
353-1-6057700; fax: 353-1-6057757
www.visitdublin.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 101
DictDays-1988, p. 13
OxYear-1999, p. 252
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The city depicted is not so far removed from the Dublin of Bloomsday in 1904 and some of the images (those of Barney Kieman's pub and the Sandycove Martello Tower in particular) spark rich associations with the novel.
Bloomsday celebrations usually last for a week from 9 June to 16 June in Dublin, where the novel is set, with most of the fun and frivolous activities taking place on the day itself.
June 16, Bloomsday is a good excuse to hit the pubs of Dublin.
To win the elite men's race at Bloomsday in an off-the-record time of 34:21, Belete Assefa, 22, of Ethiopia used a huge kick at the end.
marriage in this novel happens on Bloomsday, at an altar covered in flowers, the reader feels not relief but dread.
I was delighted at Radio Four's treatment of Bloomsday on 16th June - the day on which the hero Leopold Bloom meets his future wife - and have purchased the World Classic edition of the 1922 text on the recommendation of Professor John Batchelor who tells me it has the most helpful footnotes.
For the literary minded, June 16 is Bloomsday, a day that commemorates the life of Irish writer James Joyce and coincides with the date that events take place in his most famous novel, Ulysses.
UNESCO Dublin set to host annual Bloomsday Literary Festival .
She also collaborated on cultural tourism festivals including the James Joyce Bloomsday Centenary Festival, the Beckett Festival and events to celebrate the 2012 Olympics in Ireland.
As I got my book signed, I noted that Bloomsday had been the day before and asked Hitchens which his favorite chapter of Ulysses was.
First observed in 1954 by a group of Joyce devotees, included among them Patrick Kavanaugh, the original Bloomsday celebration had a counter-cultural aspect; while not legally censored in Ireland, Ulysses was nearly impossible to obtain, given the unwillingness of booksellers to offer it for sale.
html) New York , a Bloomsday Breakfast was held in Bryant Park, complete with Edwardian dancing and readings from the book.