Literary Events Dublin

Literary events are held throughout the year mainly in the evenings.


Bloomsday GretaStart your celebration of James Joyce and Bloomsday at Dalkey Castle this year on 15th June! 

A Joycean Evening: Begin your Joycean celebrations of Bloomsday in Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre on  Thursday June 15th at 20.00 hours. A team of actors will perform enlightening extracts from ‘Ulysses’, ‘Dubliners,’ A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ and more. Baritone, Simon Morgan and Soprano Donna Malone will be accompanied by Josh Johnston in songs that James Joyce sang or which feature in his work. Refreshments will be served. Admission €15.  Book Tickets Now for ‘A Joycean Evening’ 

Bloomsday in Dalkey Castle

And in the Heritage Centre on Friday 16th June, Dalkey Schoolroom scene: The Nestor Episode from ‘Ulysses’ will be brought to life before your eyes in a memorable dramatisation featuring Mr Deasy, (Headmaster) and Stephen Dedalus (James Joyce). There are surprising Dalkey connections with Joyce which will be uncovered in the guided Joycean Walk, led by an expert Joycean Guide immediately afterwards. Must be pre-booked. Admission €12.50. Booking: Tel: 01 285 8366, or Book Tickets Now for the Schoolroom Scene!

Maeve Binchy Tribute Show – (adapted for stage by Shay Linehan from ‘Aches and Pains’) 

Maeve Binchy

When the late, great Maeve Binchy went into hospital for a hip replacement some years ago, what did she do? …Play the martyr? Complain and wait to get better? Not a bit of it; that was never Maeve.

What she did do was write a ‘Cheer Up’ book, a sort of survival manual, containing, ‘advice about how to muddle through in times of aches and pains’.

In the book, Maeve offers hilarious advice on: baring your body; motivating the patient in the next bed; hiding being lame; becoming a friend to your feet; making a will; how to be less nervy; terrific things to do when getting old; how to give up drink and many more unique and ‘Maeviously’ wonderful perspectives on life.

In the beautiful surroundings of Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, beloved of Maeve, we are bringing this laugh-out-loud experience to the stage in Shay Linehan’s sensitive adaptation. The show lasts 55 mins and is ideal to be partnered with dinner locally. Start time can vary to suit the schedule of the visiting group at either 19.30 or 21.00.

How to book Maeve Binchy Tribute Show- (adapted for stage from ‘Aches and Pains’ by Shay Linehan)

‘Maeve Binchy Tribute Show’ can be performed for your bespoke groups against the beautiful backdrop of St Begnet’s Church at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. For details telephone +353 1 2858366 or email to

Celebrate James Joyce and Bloomsday at Dalkey Castle

Discover Dalkey’s Literary Gems (On Yer Bike with Dalkey’s Writers) is a stage show featuring a compilation of the work of famous local writers – James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien, Maeve Binchy, John Millington Synge, Van Morrison, Seamus Heaney, Joseph O’Connor and more.

This stage performance with linking script written by award-winning playwright, Shay Linehan, has a Flann O’Brien like character who will conjure up characters to play various well known scenes from the work of the writers listed.

'On yer Bike' with Dalkey's Writers

The one hour show is part of our ‘Discover Dalkey’s Literary Gems’ series. It is an entertaining and enlightening whistle-stop ‘taster’ through the work of our internationally acclaimed writers, who were all associated with Dublin and Dalkey. All attendees will have the opportunity to browse the fabulous Writers’ Gallery before and after the show.

How to book ‘On Yer Bike with Dalkey’s Writers’

‘On Yer Bike’ can be performed for your bespoke groups against the beautiful backdrop of St Begnet’s Church at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Telephone +353 1 2858366 or by email to


Literary Festivals

Pat Kenny


Dalkey Book Festival’ is held in June each year. Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre and Dalkey Town Hall are prime venues for the festival. If intending to visit for tours it is advisable to choose an alternative date, if possible.