Monday 5 December 2016

Old sow still eating its own farrow, and Mr Joyce would not approve

Published 17/06/2015 | 02:30

Elaine Reddy, from Fairview, Dublin, as Molly Bloom and Les Doherty, from Donnycarney, as Leopold Bloom during Bloomsday celebrations at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Elaine Reddy, from Fairview, Dublin, as Molly Bloom and Les Doherty, from Donnycarney, as Leopold Bloom during Bloomsday celebrations at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

We must go to Athens. Will you come if I can get the aunt to fork out 20 quid?

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So said Buck Mulligan to Stephen Daedalus in the opening chapter of Ulysses.

I've just come back from the Martello Tower at Sandycove - all Joyced up - where this opening scene from 'Ulysses' takes place. My Twitter feed is alight with stories from Greece as I try to write, between listening to some wonderful renditions of Joyce and scoffing down a few kidneys for breakfast, courtesy of Peter Caviston in Glasthule.

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