Saturday 21 September 2019

Charlie 'wouldn't have cancelled Bloomsday'

Sorcha Griffith

CHARLIE Haughey would have disagreed with cancelling Bloomsday celebrations for his funeral, according to Ireland's best-known Joycean scholar Senator David Norris.

The decision to cancel the annual event, due to be held tomorrow, was taken yesterday by organisers but Senator Norris said he was not consulted.

Speaking on RTE yesterday he said: "I would have maintained the centre open and I would have had a minute's silence in respect for Charlie Haughey. And I'm perfectly certain that Mr Haughey would not have cancelled it himself," he said.

He explained: "He was a great Joycean. He was a believer in life.

"That life goes on and I think he would have understood in a very practical way as well, as a matter of hospitality, that we have many many people coming from all over the world for the event.

"The centre will be open for coffee. And I will dress up in my usual old paraphernalia and I will recite a few pieces of putrid prose for the admiration of the public," he explained.

While he admitted the organisers of the event had a difficult choice to make he said: "You can't cancel Bloomsday. You can't cancel Sunday.

"Perhaps you won't go to Church but it's still Sunday. And in Dublin the 16th of June will always be Bloomsday," Senator Norris said.

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