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Bloomsday Festival Dublin

james joyce statue

Bloomsday is an observance and honouring of the legacy of Irish writer James Joyce. Here in Dublin, the festival holds great significance and is celebrated through a variety of events across the city. Join us as we bring Joyce's world to life.



Ireland's first official Bloomsday in 1954 commemorated Ulysses' 50th anniversary, with Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O'Brien retracing Bloom's steps in Dublin. Today, Bloomsday is celebrated globally by literature enthusiasts with readings, re-enactments, and festivities honouring Joyce's iconic work, Ulysses.


The Bloomsday Festival in Dublin pays homage to the novel's intricate narrative, vivid characters, and its portrayal of Dublin in the early 20th century. Beyond literary appreciation, Bloomsday serves as a cultural landmark, drawing locals and visitors alike to partake in the festivities. The occasion offers an immersive experience, inviting participants to engage with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Joyce's Dublin.

people dressed in old fashioned clothing on a stairs

Throughout Dublin, Bloomsday unfolds with a variety of events, ranging from readings and performances to walking tours and pub crawls. Enthusiasts don period costumes, echoing the fashion of Joyce's era, and traverse the city streets, retracing the steps of Bloom and other characters from the novel.


Bloomsday not only honours Joyce's literary legacy but also fosters a sense of community among participants, uniting them in their appreciation for one of the most influential works of modernist literature.


The James Joyce Centre collaborates with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Fáilte Ireland, and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature to orchestrate the Bloomsday Festival.

the james joyce centre blue sigjn

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