Bloomsday festival in full swing

The day named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses, is being celebrated in Dublin this weekend.

Bloomsday festival in full swing

The day named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses, is being celebrated in Dublin this weekend.

The Bloomsday Festival is in full swing with various events taking place throughout the city. The final day of festivities is on Tuesday, which is the official day itself, June 16.

That is the day in which Bloom took his meandering stroll through Dublin city in the literary classic, which is set on June 16, 1904.

Director of Bloomsday, Mark Traynor, said the highlight of the festival will be a special conversation between Senator David Norris - who is a noted Joycean scholar – and Stephen Fry, which takes place on Tuesday.

Other events include the annual Bloomsday breakfast, and a selection of readings in Meeting House Square chaired by Panti Bliss, as well as the famous lunch at Davy Byrne's pub of a gorgonzola cheese sandwich and glass of burgundy.

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