Bloomsday in Dublin 4

Friday, 16th June. Come join our Joycean Celebrations!

by Ronan O’Donnell

Going Wild with Eanna Ní Lamhna

(Photos from last year’s Bloomsday).

Bloomsday celebrates the life of James Joyce, his book Ulysses and the city of Dublin where the book’s story is set on 16th June, 1904. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in the book and the plot follows Leopold and his friend, Stephen Dedalus as they roam through Dublin and experience its many sides over one day. The book’s structure is based on Homer’s Odyssey and uses a different style for each of its 18 episodes – it is considered one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century but also by many, the world’s most notoriously difficult-to-read novel!

Seven Scenes from Ulysses
Garden Party at RICC

Dublin City Council’s South East Area Community Team have been working closely with Ballsbridge Living Tidy Towns, Ringsend & District Historical Society, Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre and Sandymount Community Centre, and the James Joyce Centre to support a series of Bloomsday events due to take place in Dublin 4 which will include street theatre, literary readings, live music and more. Join in the fun on the 16th June and be sure to don your best Period Costume!

Elevenses with Leopold (SCC)

Bloomsday Local Event Guide


Event organised in conjunction with Sandymount Community Centre.

11am – Elevenses with Leopold
Venue: Sandymount Community Centre, Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4. Enjoy an elegant start to your Bloomsday with morning coffee, croissants and a dash of gentle Joycean entertainment. €5 admission with proceeds going to the Sandymount Community Centre.


Event organised in partnership with Ringsend & District Historical Society and Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre

12-3pm – Bloomsday Garden Party
Venue: Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre, Thorncastle Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4.
Relax outdoors and enjoy some refreshments to some summer sounds from the Emilie Conway
Jazz Trio and other treats.


Events organised in partnership with Ballsbridge Living Tidy Towns

4.30pm – Seven Scenes from Ulysses
Meeting Point: Outside Life Pharmacy, 4 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Watch Ulysses come to life on the streets of Ballsbridge in the company of Leopold Bloom and other characters from the book.

5.30pm – Ulysses Goes Wild in Ballsbridge
Meeting Point: The Bandstand, Herbert Park, Dublin 4.
Get closer to the wild side of Ballsbridge with Eanna Ní Lamhna, star of RTÉ’s The Mooney Show and Virgin Media’s The Six O’Clock Show, for a nature tour inspired by the “marriage of trees” from the Cyclops episode of Ulysses.