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  • Northside West

Glasnevin celebrates Bloomsday

Saturday, 29th June, 2019 9:00am
Glasnevin celebrates Bloomsday

John Shevlin as Joyce is pictured at Glasnevin Cemetery’s Bloomsday celebration.

Glasnevin celebrates Bloomsday

John Shevlin as Joyce is pictured at Glasnevin Cemetery’s Bloomsday celebration.

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THE annual Bloomsday event at Glasnevin Cemetery was marked again this year by a costumed performance from the ‘Joyceanstagers’.

They celebrated the life of James Joyce by performing chapter six, ‘Hades’, from Ulysses and it was followed by a special Joycean themed tour of the Cemetery.

Bloomsday enthusiasts arrived to the event in hired carriages and full costume.

Glasnevin Cemetery holds a special place for Joyce devotees, as chapter six, Hades, is set in the grounds of the cemetery. In ‘Hades’ Leopold Bloom accompanies Simon, Stephen's father, to Paddy Dignam's funeral and decides from then on to reject morbid thoughts and to embrace 'warm full-blooded life'.

A fully costumed performance of this chapter was performed by the ‘Joycestagers’ who embraced the day and brought the world of Ulysses to life for those who attended.

The enactment was followed by a specialised Joycean tour, led by Paddy Gleeson, beginning outside the main entrance to the Glasnevin Cemetery.

The tour moved throughout the cemetery taking in historic graves on the way, most notably the writer’s father John Stanislaus Joyce, along with the final resting-places of a multitude of people from the novel, Ulysses, and from James Joyce’s life.

The Glasnevin Cemetery Café also provided a Bloomsday themed menu.

CEO of Glasnevin Trust Aoife Watters said Glasnevin Cemetery was very proud to have a special connection with James Joyce and Bloomsday.

“Several of the characters from the book Ulysses found their final resting place here, including Paddy Dignan, Michael Cusack (the citizen) and even Joyce’s own father John Stanislaus,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to be able to host this event here today, honouring the great James Joyce, and the masterpiece that is Ulysses.”

Ulysses follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom, the central character of the novel, and other characters from 8am on June 16 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning.

Dermot McElwaine, born in Foley Street in Dublin with CEO of Glasnevin Trust Aoife Watters. Photo: Iain White/Fennell Photography

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