Les Doherty and Kat Ballhaus, as  Leopold and Molly Bloom of James Joyce’s Ulysses, prepare for Bloomsday Festival 2021, on Sandymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

What’s happening on June 16th? It’s Bloomsday, when James Joyce devotees celebrate his novel Ulysses. Remind me why that is Joyce’s enormous, ground-(...)

John Shevlin is pictured at St Stephen’s Green on Bloomsday 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“Bloom plodges forward again. He stands before a lighted house, listening. The kisses, winging from their bowers fly about him, twittering, warbling, (...)

The Hibernian Metropolis by Senan Moloney

While he was holed up inside during the snow a few months ago, Senan Molony came up with a cunning plan, born of boredom. Among the more arcane side i(...)

James Joyce,  circa 1917. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The many similarities between sex and cricket may have escaped most literary authors but not, of course, James Joyce. In Finnegans Wake, he uses the g(...)