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BLOOMSDAY is the 16th of June 1904 and is the day on which all the action of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place. “Ulysses” was published in Paris in 1922 and the key advice Joyce always gave about his work is ‘if you don’t understand it read it aloud’.

Bloomsday, RTÉ 1982 Radio broadcast of a 30-hour performance, by 33 actors, of the entire text of James Joyce’s, Ulysses.

Studio director, William Styles and executive producer, the poet Micheál Ó hAodha.

Read an abbreviated version to guide you on the journey '
Ulysses Challenge'

As part of it's mission to stimulate a conversation on the importance and influence of Joyce, the James Joyce Foundation marks Bloomsday 2020 with a new paper by Clara Mason.
At a time of a global pandemic travel virtually
to Dublin for Bloomsday 2021
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1 - 24 locations with page references to 'Ulysses'
1 James Joyce Cultural Centre | 35 North Great George’s Street

The James Joyce Cultural Centre is situated in a stunning Georgian town-house and is dedicated to promoting the life and works of James Joyce and his influence in literature. The permanent exhibit includes the door to number 7 Eccles Street, home of Leopold and Molly Bloom in Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses.
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2 Belvedere College | Great Denmark Street
James Joyce went to school here in 1893 at age eleven. The Jesuit
education he received here influenced him throughout his life. The school features in his most autobiographical novel 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' and in the short story 'An Encounter from Dubliners'.
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3 St George’s Church | Hardwicke Place
James Joyce includes St. George’s Church and its bell-ringing in his work. The bell of the church tolls ‘heigho heigho’ for Leopold Bloom in Ulysses. The belfry of St. George’s Church sent out constant peals.
4 Number 7 Eccles Street
The home of Leopold and Molly Bloom and where Bloom begins and ends his wanderings in Ulysses. Joyce visited this house when he went to see his friend John Francis Byrne who lived here in 1909.
Breakfast at 7 Eccles Street ULYSSES CALYPSO 65-85
5 Glasnevin Cemetery
Paddy Dignam and Michael Cusack (the Citizen) are buried here and Joyce’s father John Stanislaus Joyce. Mr Bloom walked unheeded along his grove by saddened angels, crosses, broken pillars, family vaults, stone hopes praying with upcast eyes, old Ireland’s hearts and hands.
Dignams’s Funeral ULYSSES HADES 107-147
6 Gresham Hotel | 23 Upper O’Connell Street

The location for the final part of Joyce’s most famous short story The Dead from Dubliners. Gabriel and his wife Gretta leave a Christmas Party at 15 Usher’s Island and arrive at the Gresham Hotel where they are to stay the night. Here Gretta tells Gabriel about a boy, Michael Furey, who had loved her when she was a young girl growing up in Galway, and who, when he was dying, stood outside her window in the rain to sing to her the song The Lass of Aughrim.
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7 The Joyce Statue | North Earl Street
In the Heart of the Hibernian Metropolis there is a life-sized statue of James Joyce just off O’Connell Street and near to the GPO. Erected in 1990, the statue, was created by US sculptor Marjorie Fitzgibbon.
8 O’Connell Bridge
Leopold Bloom stops on O’Connell Bridge to feed the seagulls Banbury cakes. Here you cross over the River Liffey which was immortalized as Anna Livia Plurabelle in Finnegans Wake.
Lunchtime in Dublin ULYSSES LESTRYGONIANS 190-234
9 Night Town | James Joyce Street
James Joyce Street was originally called Mabbot Street which was the entrance to the red light ‘Monto’ area in Dublin. It is the setting of the Circe episode in Ulysses.The Mabbot street entrance of nighttown, before which stretches an uncobbled tram-siding set with skeleton tracks, red and green will-o’-the-wisps and danger signals.
The brothel at the bewitching hour ULYSSES CIRCE 561-703
10 Cabman’s Shelter | Butt Bridge
In the Eumaeus episode in Ulysses, Bloom and Stephen stop at the cabman’s shelter, just north of the Liffey, for a bite to eat and a cup of coffee. It is patronized by a ‘miscellaneous collection of waifs and strays and other nondescript specimens’. It no longer exists.
Cabman's shelter ULYSSES EUMAEUS 704-776
11 North Wall Quay
This is where James Joyce and Nora Barnacle left Ireland on October 8th, 1904. It is also the setting for the short story Eveline from Dubliners. She stood among the swaying crowd in the station at the North Wall. He held her hand and she knew that he was speaking to her, saying something about the passage over and over again. (Dubliner)
12 Sweny’s Chemist | 1 Lincoln Place You can pick up your own bar of the famous lemon-scented soap that Leopold Bloom buys in Ulysses for his wife, Molly. Sweny’s in Lincoln place. Chemists rarely move.
Henry Flower ULYSSES LOTUS-EATERS 85-107
13 The National Maternity Hospital | Holles Street

Setting for the Oxen in the Sun episode in Ulysses, where Stephen Dedalus is carousing with some medical students and will be joined later by Bloom. She’s in the lying-in hospital in Holles Street. Dr Horne got her in. She’s three days bad now.
Holles Street Hospital ULYSSES OXEN OF THE SUN 499-561
14 Finn’s Hotel | Leinster Street
This was where Nora Barnacle worked as a chambermaid when she met the young James Joyce walking along Nassau Street. It is a long time closed, but if you stand on Clare Street you can still make out the name written on the gable end of the building.
15 The National Library | Kildare Street
This beautiful building, designed by Thomas Newenhan Dean, is featured prominently in the Scylla and Charybdis episode in Ulysses.
The National Library ULYSSES SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS 235-280
16 Davy Byrnes | 21 Duke Street

Bloom stopped here for lunch – a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of Burgundy wine. He entered Davy Byrne’s. Moral pub. (Ulysses).
Lunchtime in Dublin ULYSSES LESTRYGONIANS 190-234
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17 UCD Newman House | 85–86 St. Stephen’s Green
James Joyce was a student here before graduating with a BA in 1902. It features in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It is now the site of MOLI, The Museum of Literature Ireland.
18 Volta Cinema | Mary Street
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James Joyce famously founded the Volta Cinema, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema on Mary Street in 1909. It opened on Monday 20 December, 1909 to a select audience.
19 Barney Kiernan’s Pub | 8-10 Little Britain Street
The pub is the scene for the Cyclops episode in Ulysses where we meet the Citizen, based on the real-life character of Michael Cusack, founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).So we turned into Barney Kiernan’s and there, sure enough, was the citizen. (Ulysses).
Kiernan's Pub ULYSSES CYCLOPS 376-449
20 Ormond Hotel | 7-11 Upper Ormond Quay
Bloom visits the Ormond Hotel for an afternoon sing song in the Sirens episode of Ulysses. A youth entered a lonely Ormond hall.
Concert at the Ormond Hotel ULYSSES SIRENS 328-376
21 The Dead House | 15 Usher’s Island
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The house at 15 Usher’s Island is the setting for the Morkan Sisters’ annual Christmas party in the short story The Dead from Dubliners. The setting is based on the actual home of maternal aunts of Joyce’s mother, known as the Misses Flynn. The house faces on to the James Joyce Bridge which was opened on 16 June, 2003.
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22 Sandymount Strand
In Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus takes a morning walk on Sandymount Strand and in the evening Leopold Bloom watches the colourful display from the Mirus Bazaar fireworks with Gertie McDowell. Am I walking into eternity along Sandymount strand?
Stephen on Sandymount Strand ULYSSES PROTEUS 45-64
23 Sandycove Tower
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Ulysses begins in the Martello Tower in Sandycove, just south of Dublin, at 8:00 am on the morning of June 16th, 1904. Buck Mulligan calls to his friend Stephen Dedalus to come join him in the morn-ing air. It is home to the James Joyce Tower and Museum. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
Breakfast at the Martello Tower ULYSSES TELEMACHOS 1-28
24 The School | Summerfield, Dalkey Avenue
In Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus is a teacher in Mr. Deasy’s school for boys in Dalkey. Mr. Deasy asserts that Stephen was ‘not born to be a teacher’. Stephen agrees, claiming that he’s ‘a learner rather’.
Stephen at school ULYSSES NESTOR 28-45