Bloomsday – What’s On

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulysses set on 16 June 1904 are relived.

“I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.”
James Joyce

What’s on in Dublin villages on Bloomsday


After a week of celebration, on Friday 16th James Joyce Tower & Museum will open early (8.00 am) to allow visitors to start the day as Stephen did – at the Sandycove Martello Tower.

There will be a terrific line-up of events including readings by Bryan Murray from ‘Ulysses’, Caitríona Ní Threasaigh will come back to perform during the day and, of course, there will be lots of chat and craic throughout.

Hamper filled with a selection from our new summer menu to be won – drop into our Sandycove shop and enter to win (no purchase necessary)


The birthplace of James Joyce.
From 2pm-7pm a troop of actors will perform 7 mini-scenes in different venues in the village.
Readings from Ulysses at The Rathgar Bookshop and The Vintry. Wine and Gorgonzola at The Vintry around 4pm.
AIB Rathgar and The O’Brien Press hosting a reception from 6pm.
Lemon Tarts served at The Butler’s Pantry.


The area that Joyce returns to in three episodes of Ulysses.
Dublin City Council are providing a marquee on Sandymount Green with readings from 10.30am
Tastings will be brought to the Green by The Butler’s Pantry


“A Play on Ulysses” on Bloomsday at the Village Cross 6-7.30pm, bringing drama, humour and music straight to the heart of Blackrock. Find out more.

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