James Joyce enthusiasts all over Dublin will be celebrating Bloomsday today.

James Joyce enthusiasts all over Dublin will be celebrating Bloomsday today. 16 June is the day that character Leopold Bloom undertakes his journey through Dublin in Joyce's novel 'Ulysses'. The day has become an annual fixture for literary events, from book readings to people dressing up as their favourite characters.


This RTÉ News report from 1984 shows a Bloomsday-themed women's race from 16 June 1984. The winner Emily Dowling is congratulated by the characters Leopold and Molly Bloom. Some vintage bicycles are also on display.

Bloomsday was first celebrated in Ireland in 1954. The poet Patrick Kavanagh recalls the day and people laughing at them below in his RTÉ Guide column from 26 June 1964.

Patrick Kavanagh Column