Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Wednesday's Words - Bloomsday
These photos were taken in Dublin in 2005 and 2007.
When writing "Ulysses", Joyce decided to write it entirely based on a specific date - he chose June 16th, 1904. This was not a random choice. This was the day that James Joyce first "walked out" with Nora Barnacle.
Every year on that date people dress up and stroll around Dublin reciting literature in celebration of Bloomsday. This is the day James Joyce had his character Leopold Bloom roaming Dublin in "Ulysses".
There are 14 plaques marking Bloom's path across the city that you can follow - photo of one above.
You should start your day out at Martello's Tower in Sandycove.
The map below is from this site which contains detailed information about the location of the plaques.
12 June 2010 - 16 June 2010
The Bloomsday Festival celebrates Leopold Bloom's wanderings around Dublin in Joyce's novel Ulysses--set entriely on 16 June 1904. From the traditional Bloomsday breakfasts, to walking tours, readings and other events, the festival brings Joyce's work alive!