Monday 5 December 2016

Dublin in full bloom as Joyce celebrated over brunch

Ryan Nugent

Published 15/06/2015 | 02:30

Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher with six-year-old twins Tess and Annie May Olwill at the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch, North Great Georges Street, Dublin, yesterday
Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher with six-year-old twins Tess and Annie May Olwill at the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch, North Great Georges Street, Dublin, yesterday

Conga-lines, doorstep theatre and four-poster beds took over a Dublin street, as a bizarre Bloomsday Brunch celebrated the wonders of James Joyce and Dublin city.

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The Bloomsday Festival kicked off on Thursday and will finish tomorrow, with stars such as Stephen Fry, Panti Bliss and Senator David Norris all taking part.

Hundreds of literary fans took to North Great Georges Street yesterday for a party in honour of the 'Ulysses' writer.

Boston actor Cathal Stevens, who came across the Atlantic especially for the event, performed on the front steps of houses along the street, while Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy sang their way down the street dressed in early 1900s fashion.

Mark Traynor of the James Joyce Centre said the Bloomsday Brunch, which is now in its third year, allows more people to discover Joyce's work.

"There's a perception that Joyce is obscure and that people can only read his work if they have a PhD, which is not the case. This brunch celebrates ordinary people and gives a platform for them to understand Joyce," he said.

Irish Independent

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