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Dubliners' day out on track as Peter gets party started

Arguably Ireland's foremost fishmonger, Peter Caviston of Caviston's in Glasthule has lined up a Bloomsday party which should pull the crowds to the south Dublin seaside village.

The fun gets under way with a Dart leaving Connolly Station at 9.20am next Tuesday. The Bloomsday special calls at Pearse, Sandymount and Sandycove/Glasthule.

Sponsored by Irish Rail, reservations for the free service must be made with Eventbrite. Newstalk presenter George Hook will act as signal master. Mattress Mick will do a platform show with Molly Bloom at 9am.

'Cavo' (inset) has lined up an array of media personalities and thespians. Pat Kenny will be joined by writers Jennifer Johnston and Tim Pat Coogan.

Actors Eamon Morrissey, Catherine Brennan and Bryan Murray are due to show up.

Out in Glasthule, a Joycean breakfast will be served. For those who can't stomach fried liver slices and mutton kidneys, sole fillets will also be on the menu.

Irish oyster-opening champion Stephen Nolan of Kelly's Oysters in Galway will be there to show off his skills.

'Cavo' says the art of opening oysters is about no blood, no shell and the right presentation.

The Brook Singers will join the ladies and gents in Joycean attire. Michelin chefs Derry Clarke of L'Ecrivain and Ross Lewis of Chapter One will be on hand. Cookery demos will be staged in Peter's Secret Garden beside Mitchell's Wine shop.

The festival continues into the evening at Charlie Fitzgerald's pub in Sandycove. If all goes to plan with the special Dart, Irish Rail may go with a steam train next summer.

Michael Cullen is editor of marketing.ie; cullen@marketing.ie