June 16th, the day on which James Joyce first ‘walked out’ with Nora Barnacle is known all over the literary world as ‘Bloomsday’. James Joyce set his renowned novel, ‘Ulysses’ on this date in 1904. Chapter Two, the Nestor Episode is set in a schoolroom in Dalkey. Each year, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre recreates the schoolroom scene in a half hour performance. This is followed by a Guided Joycean Walk in Dalkey, referencing the author’s connections to this area. At evening time, we stage a Joycean Evening where extracts from Joyce’s work are brought to life. The extracts are linked by songs and music either that Joyce sang himself or that feature in his work.
“ If an authentic Joycean shiver down the spine is what you were after, however, the place to be was Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre where …”
Arminta Wallace Irish Times in 2011
Learn more about Bloomsday & Literary Events in Dalkey