Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived fromLeopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses. (Source: Wikipedia)
Mr Mahoney is very convincing as Mr Joyce, so much so that we’re not sure which of the two he really is. (See this description if you want to ‘channel your inner James’.)
Check out some of the Bloomsday happenings in Melbourne in the next couple of days, and then some of the #Bloomsday2016 happenings elsewhere. For example, if you were in Dublin, check out the complete guide to Dublin’s celebrations, or you might be interested in sampling these kidneys –
No shortage of Bloomsday activities in New York, for example you might go to the musical about James Joyce and his wife, Nora,
We have a copy of Ulysses on our shelves so if you haven’t read it, maybe it’s time you did.