Fast Facts

  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Attraction Type: Cultural Festival
  • Significance: Book Reading, Joyce enthusiasts, parades, Irish music
  • Best Time to visit: June 16
  • How to Reach: Dublin is connected to all major global destinations through air
  • Nearest Airport: Dublin International Airport

On 16th June, Leopold Bloom embarked on a journey through the lanes and by-lanes of Dublin, the city he loved to hate, to change the very course of literary history. His journey through the Dublin streets turned into a relentless journey through his mindscape, presented through Joyce’s radical ‘stream of consciousness’ narrative in his iconic novel ‘Ulysses’. Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16 by Joyce fans worldwide, but it takes a whole new dimension in Dublin — Joyce’s own city and the backdrop of ‘Ulysses’. It is one of the most unique events in Ireland.

Bloomsday Celebrations

Bloomsday was first organized in 1954, on the 50th year of the novel’s publication. James Joyce lovers arrive at Dublin from all over the world before June 16. In 2004, a five-month-long festival known as ‘ReJoyce Dublin’ went on from the 1st of April to 31 August. More than 10,000 visitors arrived in Dublin. They were all treated to free Irish breakfast and festivities followed. The popularity of the Bloomsday celebrations is continually on the rise.

Typically, the celebrants take a walking route across Dublin following the route taken by Leopold Bloom. Despite some changes in the Dublin cityscape, they try to keep as close as possible to the route. Events include taking a lunch of burgundy and a Gorgonzola sandwich at Davy Byrne’s Pub on Duke Street at noontime, and an afternoon drink at the Ormond Hotel. Other festivities include readings of ‘Ulysses’ and the enactment of certain parts of the novel. Often the revelers dress in Edwardian costumes to get into the mood of the celebrations.

Where to Stay in Dublin

Dublin has a large number of hotels and accommodations, being a very popular city for tourists. Some of the popular accommodation centers in Dublin include Augustine Apartments, Millennium Tower and Walk Apartments, Ivy Exchange Apartments, Temple Bar Apartments, and Capel Street Apartments. If you want to opt for hotels, you can check out the Beacon Hotel Sandyford, Central Hotel Dublin, and Montrose Hotel. Adams Trinity Hotel and Bracken Court Hotel are also popular.

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