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Bloomsday 2015

Bloomsday 2015

"When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart" James Joyce

Tuesday 16th June 2015

This tour takes a walk through the life, time and imagination of James Joyce.

It is not unusual to see dedicated Joyceans make the annual trip to Glasnevin Cemetery in hired horse-drawn carriages; some even rent a hearse for full authenticity. Amongst the countless Joycean characters buried in Glasnevin is the writer's father John Stanislaus. This year to celebrate this historic date Glasnevin Cemetery Museum will run a series of events Including a Joycean themed breakfast & lunch in the Tower Café, a reading of Chapter Six Hades performed by the 'Joycestagers', and a Joycean tour of the cemetery itself.

Days Running Order:

10.00-3.00pm; Special Joycean Breakfast and Lunch in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum's Tower Café.

11.30am: Re-enactment the funeral procession of Paddy Dignam from Episode 6, 'Hades', of Ulysses. (Approx. 30 mins. Free to all) performed by the 'Joycestagers'.

12.30pm & 1.30pm: Joycean Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. Glasnevin, the heart of the Hibernian necropolis, has many links to Joyce's life and writing. From the Hades Chapter in Ulysses which takes place in the Cemetery, to the family grave which is the final resting place of his parents. (12.30pm and 1.30pm Tour to include "Friends" play). Booking essential.

Tours to include "Friends" play by Kevin O'Connor. Jim Roche & Ed Cosgrove star, performed in the Museum's Milestone Gallery (play lasts approx. 50 mins) Watch Promo Video Here

"Two Irishmen are sitting on a bench, waiting. It's not Godot they hope will turn up, but another, equally elusive member of the Irish literary canon. They are waiting for Jimmy, more formally known as James Joyce. The action takes place in a quiet corner of St Stephens Green in Dublin, and the author of Ulysses, who never returned to Ireland after 1912, is now an old man and about as likely to appear as Samuel Beckett's famous no-show. The men recall their university days, and their friend who went on to cause a stir across Europe. Were Joyce to amble onstage, the magic of Kevin O'Connor's unassuming play would be broken. This is a meeting of the real man and the recent myth; the Joyce these friends know and the one Ireland is talking about. The author's intellect and misremembered encounters with his wife, Nora Barnacle, are debated. Just 35 minutes long and featuring fine performances from Ed Cosgrave and Jim Roche, Friends is a charming ruminationEithne Shortall, The Sunday Times.

Joycean costume is most welcome, we will have a 'selfie station' for photos! All welcome. 

Museum Opening Times:

Closed until further notice.

The Tower Café - 10 am - 4 pm - daily. 

How to book:

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We offer special concession rates for service users.  Accompanying carers receive complimentary admission.  Please contact 01 882 6550 for further details.

For booking enquiries (groups of 11 or more):

Discuss your group booking with our Bookings Coordinator:
+353 1 882 6570


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