Joyceans in full Bloom for day of celebrations
COSTUME and Colour were in abundance yesterday as Joyceans converged on the James Joyce Centre in Dublin city centre for the official launch of Bloomsday.
President Michael D Higgins shared a stage once again with former presidential rival Senator David Norris as the two literary scholars celebrated James Joyce's most important work, Ulysses.
This year's festival promises to be bigger than ever as the copyright on Joyce's novel is out and is now open to the public domain.
There will be a host of readings and re-enactments happening throughout the city and prizes will be handed out for the best costume as Ulysses fans put on their straw hats and blazers to celebrate the day.
Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina are holding an exclusive open-mic event in Aras an Uachtarain with a host of famous faces invited to read and perform.
Mrs Higgins said: "A lot of people are coming, around 150 people are coming. Some will be reading and some will be playing music."
The star-studded guestlist for the event in the Phoenix Park is said to include U2 frontman Bono, along with his Wife Ali Hewson, and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton.