Take part in Bray’s second annual Bloomsday celebrations this Thursday June 16, in honour of James Joyce’s world famous novel Ulysses. Expect lots of colour and fun with period costume, actors, vintage cars, music and more. Presidential hopeful and Joycean Scholar David Norris has been invited to come along to the festivities in Joyce’s childhood town of Bray. Perhaps he’s the one to ask about Joyce’s reference to the ‘Valley of Diamonds’ in Ulysses!!
The festivities will officially open at 9.15 a.m. at 1 Martello Terrace, Joyce’s childhood home (now the home of former TD Liz McManus), with readings from Ulysses, followed by music and song. At 10.15am traditional Bloomsday BREAKFAST in HOLLANDS will be hosted by Anne-Marie Holland, where breakfast will washed down with a glass of Guinness while Readings from James Joyce will be delivered by members of Bray Arts along with music and song for the rest of the morning, where at lunch time, Hollands will serve traditional Irish Stew.
At 12 noon, a large group of actors and musicians will arrive at Superquinn, where they will be received by members of the staff and customers. Everyone present will be entertained by song & stories, taken from the works of James Joyce, an open microphone will be in place for members of the public and customers of Superquinn to sing a song of do a reading, as this is taking place, general merriment will be going on around the town including music and craic at 1.30pm at the Plaza and 2.30pm on the Church Steps, Main St.
Afternoon tea and jazz will take place in the Royal Hotel from 3 p.m., while from 6.30 p.m. at the Town Hall there will be a wine reception, readings and performances. The ballroom at the Royal Hotel will be the venue for the day’s wrap party from 8 p.m., with a host of entertainers booked to take the stage (invited guests only).