For Bloomsday 2020, President Michael D Higgins hosts what will be the first in a series of cultural performances that will highlight Irish art and creativity and make a call to support artists and performers at a time of crisis - watch above. 

In his opening speech President Higgins said: "Traditionally, on Bloomsday, some of you gather with friends and families to replicate Leopold Bloom's legendary walk through Dublin on that summer’s day in 1904.

"Such an excursion, for both the eclectic and the merely curious of you, is something that may not be possible this year, for even if you have the greatest anticipation of being well soaped, or are acknowledged as the most experienced social distancer and are willing to swear off 'close dancing', you cannot do it as you did before.

"Yet, let us resolve that our virtual journey this year will not be a passive journey, but one in which we will all play our active part in the crafting of that shared future, where our cultural world, with all its potential for social good, is not left struggling for survival in the wake of Covid-19."

PROGRAMME

Speech: President Michael D Higgins

Music:   Lisa Lamb, Eamonn de Barra & John McLoughlin perform Down By the Salley Gardens

Reading:  Clare Barrett reads The Cyclops from Ulysses 

Music:   Simon Morgan & Vincent Lynch perform Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

Music: Noel O’Grady performs The Last Rose of Summer

Music:  Simon Morgan & Vincent Lynch perform Oft in a Stilly Night