First time in Monaco - a great success!
We enjoyed drama and musical performances by actors from the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society, joined by two pupils from the International School of Monaco (ISM). Accompanied by music on the bodhrán, the audience wandered around The Rock, as the character in James Joyce's Ulysses, Leopold Bloom strolled the streets of Dublin. Many joined into the spirit of the event wearing hats and period costumes to add to the ambiance!
The event kicked off in front of the Princess Grace Irish Library with Ulysses 'reading stops' at Place du Palais, Place de la Mairie and the sculpture cadre (Giant picture frame near la Porte Neuve).
Bloomsday takes place every year in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates 16th June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses’ and the day he first met his wife Nora Barnacle.
Bloomsday is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character and the novel chronicles Bloom’s adventures over the course of an ordinary day in Dublin. It was dubbed by America ex-pat Sylvia Beach, publisher of Ulysses in 1922 and owner of the English book shop in Paris 'Shakespeare & Company', which was frequented by James Joyce and dozens of other international writers who lived there.