James Joyce's 'Ulysses' is celebrated with breakfast on O'Connell Street, an academic symposium and a series of special broadcasts on RTÉ.

Celebrations have begun in Dublin to mark the Bloomsday Centenary, the fictional date on which the characters in James Joyce's classic work Ulysses took their epic journeys.

Leopold Bloom's breakfast was replicated and served on Dublin's O'Connell Street where diners were treated to a display of street theatre.  

Laura Weldon of ReJoyce Dublin hopes the event will bring the work of James Joyce to a wider audience. Grand nephew of James Joyce, Bob Joyce, was also in O'Connell and believes the writer would approve of the festival. 

Joycean scholar David Norris describes Joyce as a national resource who should be used to broaden people's love of life and understanding of their own culture. 

The Bloomsday centenary is also being marked with a week long academic symposium featuring contributions from leading scholars including Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. 

RTÉ has a series of television and radio programmes to mark 100 years since Bloomsday.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 June 2004. The reporter is Gareth O'Connor.