Bloomsday Festival 2018
Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. Celebrations often include dressing up like characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat. Celebrations come in many different forms like readings, performances and visiting the places and establishments referenced in the book. Bloomsday Festival 11 – 16 June 2018.
Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, this city centre campus of some 10,000 students is traditional and stately in Oxbridge fashion. Famous alumni abound – Swift, Wilde, Burke, Goldsmith, Ernest Walton the Nobel Prize winning physicist and Samuel Beckett, author of “Waiting for Godot”. The Long Room at Trinity is a temple to academia and learning and conserves the world’s most treasured manuscript “The Book of Kells”. Dating from the 8th century, this lavishly decorated copy of the 4 gospels is a living example of the profound richness of ancient Celtic art.
The National Gallery of Art
Funded by a generous bequest from the Dublin born playwright G.B. Shaw, Dublin’s Art Gallery contains masterpieces from each epoch in the history of European painting. Be sure to visit the Jack B Yeats room and don’t miss Caravaggio’s “Taking of Christ” and hear the fascinating story of its discovery and restoration.
Located in the heart of historic Dublin just minutes from Trinity College, it was the former seat of power of the British Monarchy, and the site of the revolutionary handing over of arms, when Ireland became a Free State in 1921. The Castle comprises of the original 13th Century Norman Castle, a 19th Century Gothic revival Chapel, The Great courtyard, modern conference facilities and of course the magnificent State Apartments.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Founded by the Normans in the late 12th century on a site directly linked with St Patrick, this cathedral is a magnificent example of hiberno-gothic architecture, or “gothic on a small scale”. Don’t miss the spectacular stained glass windows and the Swift connection.
Malahide Castle & Gardens
Located by the seaside village of Malahide, this castle has a long and rich history and played a central role in Medieval Irish history. The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century.
Guinness Store House
Located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland's most popular tourist attraction. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the visitor experience tells the story of this world famous beer.
St. Stephen's Green
This nine hectare park, in Dublin City Centre, has been maintained in the original Victorian layout with extensive perimeter tree and shrub planting and spring and summer Victorian bedding. The park is adjacent to one of Dublin's main shopping streets, Grafton Street, and to a shopping centre named for it.
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