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

James Joyce enthusiasts across Dublin will be celebrating the writer and his work today. Bloomsday the16 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.

Emily Dowling who won a Bloomsday themed women's run 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