Sunday 22 April 2018

David Robbins: Remembering Dublin city in the bitter oul' times

There is an old newsreel of the first-ever Bloomsday. There, in jerky, grainy black and white, are some of the literary greats of the day: Patrick Kavanagh, Anthony Cronin and Brian O'Nolan.

The idea was to celebrate Joyce's Ulysses by following Leopold Bloom's route around Dublin. The outing, in two horse-drawn cabs, took place in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the day in Joyce's novel.

They got about half way. Drink and rancour took over in the Bailey pub on Duke Street and the tour was abandoned.

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