A few weeks back I wrote about Alfred Henry Hunter, the reputed real-life original of Joyce’s Leopold Bloom, to demonstrate just how much information (...)

Joyceans in full bloom at Glasnevin Cemetery. Pictured were actors: Louis O’Byrne who plays Martin Cunningham, Jim O’ Keeffe, who plays Jack Power, Blaise Reid who plays Narrator/ Cab Driver, Val O’ Donnell character of Simon Dedalus, Michael Carolan, Bloom’s Narrator, Ian Blackmore who plays Leopold Bloom. Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells 2:19

You couldn’t move in Glasnevin cemetery’s cafe without coming eye to eye with a plate of liver or a Gorgonzola sandwich. Yes, Bloomsday was in full sw(...)

James Joyce: time to yet again celebrate Joyce’s transfiguration of the commonplace into art. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images 2:19

Ulysses, written by James Joyce – one of Ireland’s most cantankerous exiles – is very funny, organic, lively and grows on rereading. The more snobbis(...)

John Shevlin dressed as James Joyce at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

Leopold Bloom – possibly one of the most endearing and likeable Everyman figures in literature “A very embarrassing book. No one likes his priv(...)

Alfred Henry Hunter is the Dubliner long known to be the model for the hero of Joyce’s Ulysses, Leopold Bloom. In 1904, after rescuing Joyce from a dr(...)

 Ireland’s Niall O’Brien, in the team that beat the West Indies.   Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

There’s a theory, or at least there used to be, to explain why certain former British colonies, specifically India and Pakistan, chose cricket as thei(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Literary society: James Joyce with Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare & Co, who first published Ulysses (far right), and her fellow publisher and writer Adrienne Monnier. Photograph: Gisele Freund/Time & Life pictures/Getty Images

In December 1922 Dublin formally became the capital of the new Irish Free State. Ten months earlier, when James Joyce’s Ulysses was published in Paris(...)

“One of the most tiresome duties was the six-hour night watch in the radio room. Little happened. Rarely was a telegram sent or received.  So, sitting there in my shorts, as the ship ploughed steadily through the blackness of the tropic night, I started to read Ulysses.”

One hot afternoon in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, I sought refuge from the boiling tropical sun in a shaded bookshop. There, in one of the long (...)

Sweny’s Pharmacy on Dublin’s Lincoln Place is where James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom stopped at about 11am on the morning of June 16th, 1904, to fill a prescription for his wife Molly and pick up some lemon soap before his Turkish bath. This small Joyce museum is now at risk of losing its UNESCO funding.  Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times 2:26

The volunteers in Sweny’s Pharmacy on Dublin’s Lincoln Place are busy wrapping bars of soap in preparation for the annual influx of Bloomsday customer(...)