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FOUR DISPATCHES FROM JAMES JOYCE’S CITY DURING THE CENTENNIAL OF BLOOMSDAY
In most places in the world, June 16 is just another day on the calendar, but here in Dublin, the day that James Joyce earmarked for Ulysses is celebrated with a fervor not seen here since the days of the druids when, if you really wanted to party, you needed a couple skeins of wine and a grove full of virgins.
When Dubliners celebrate they don’t mess around. June 16, Bloomsday, isn’t nearly enough time. The celebrations started the weekend before and will continue throughout the week and into next weekend. The 19th International James Joyce Symposium kicked off with a reading by Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney. Joyceans woke up early Sunday morning for an outdoor breakfast on O’Connell Street, strolled to the National Concert Hall for a plenary reading by John Banville and rounded out the evening with a civic reception for symposium delegates at city hall hosted by Dublin’s Lord Mayor.