Frank And Friends Plan A ‘Bloomsday’ Celebration Around Tralee

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Frank Houlihan, James Finnegan, John Fraher, Tommy Sweeney and Ger Madden looking forward to Bloomsday on June 16. Photo by Dermot Crean

LOVERS of all things literary are in for a treat in about a fortnight’s time when Bloomsday will be celebrated in Tralee.

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, observed primarily in Dublin on June 16. It’s the day his novel Ulysses takes place in 1904, and named after its protagonist Leopold Bloom.

Frank Houlihan of Hybreasal Productions is the man behind the event which will see readings of Ulysses in various locations as he explained.

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“We are dressing up in Joycean costume and plan to read scenes from Ulysses in dialogue format. You would be surprised at the humour in it. We’re meeting here at 12noon in Madden’s on Market Street for Bloomsday brunch and a reading. We’ll then go on to The Shebeen on Rock Street for a reading and then on to the Town Park for another reading at 3pm.”

“We’ll finish up at The Ballymac Bar for gorgonzola sandwiches and Burgundy wine for another reading. There’s be a lot of humour, a lot of colour and a lot of character during the afternoon.”

All are invited to come along to enjoy the readings and follow the fun around town. It should be busy around town as it coincides with the Féile na Bláth festival.

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