Actors, writers and fans of James Joyce are coming together across the world to mark this year's Bloomsday.

The day honours the date that his novel Ulysses takes place in 1904 and is being celebrated very differently this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Many traditional events have been cancelled, or have moved online.

President Michael D Higgins is hosting a virtual event at Áras an Uachtaráin to mark the day.

In what has been a difficult few months for those working in the arts, President Higgins has said it is a time that urges people to reflect on the need to support artists.

Despite the restrictions, the Bloomsday Festival has a full line-up, including a digital trail of Joyce's Dublin and online readings and children's activities.

An almost 30-hour production of Ulysses is being broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra from 8am to celebrate the day.


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The Bloomsday programme will be streamed online on RTÉ News Now and at rte.ie/culture from 3pm.