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Friday 29 August 2014

Dedicated Joyce fans warm up for Bloomsday

Alyson Henry

Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30

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Emear McNally and Peter McNally with their son Myles yesterday at the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch on North Great George Street. Photo: Conor McCabe photography
Ashford Nursing Home resident and James Joyce fan George Clack enjoys a copy of Ulysses. Photo: Maxwell Photography

SOME of Joyce's most dedicated fans could be seen around Dublin yesterday, sporting heavy Edwardian costumes despite temperatures reaching as high as 20 degrees.

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Women in ankle-length skirts and ruffled blouses and men in rounded hats, waistcoats and braces paraded around the capital, sweating in the sun as they celebrated Bloomsday, the 24 -hour period depicted in author James Joyce's most famous work, 'Ulysses'.

Today marks the official anniversary of what has become known as Bloomsday and those who want to commemorate the day can go to the James Joyce Centre at 10am-11.30am for a Bewley's Bloomsday Breakfast.

Readings and performances of well-known songs from the author's era will also be performed throughout the day at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.

Irish Independent

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