Happy Bloomsday!

EVERY June 16 the city of Dublin gives itself over to celebrate all things James Joycean.

Known as Bloomsday, the annual commemoration sees fans of Joyces’ classic novel Ulysses follow in the footsteps of the book’s beloved protagonist Leopold Bloom.

Live readings, performances and visiting the establishments referenced in the book are all part of the “sacred day”, with many choosing to don straw boaters and striped blazers (the era’s garb) to get into the spirit.

The city is also home to the James Joyce Centre, a spot dedicated to preserving the author’s legacy. The centre runs walking tours of the city based on Joyce’s life and work, with private group tours also available for those who book in advance.

“If you’re a strict follower of Leopold Bloom’s day, though, you need to be in Dublin,” Tourism Ireland said.

n Visit www.jamesjoyce.ie for further details.