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Embassy of Ireland presents Bloomsday and Yeatsday

Celebrating Bloomsday and Yeatsday

June 16

12.30 pm, Dupont Circle

The Embassy of Ireland is celebrating Bloomsday & Yeatsday at Dupont Circle Park from 12.30 pm to 1.30pm on Tuesday June 16. Come and enjoy music and readings from the works of two of Ireland's greatest writers. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine as we recreate the atmosphere of 1900s Dublin, and remember, it is traditional to wear Edwardian dress on Bloomsday! Check out our Facebook event page for further details.

What days?

Bloomsday is a celebration of James Joyce's (1882-1941) literary masterpiece Ulysses  that takes place in Dublin and around the world on 16 June every year. 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 as he wanders around Dublin on 16 June 1904. Traditionally on Bloomsday people dress in the style of the early 1900s and recreate Leopold Bloom's wander through Dublin. Enjoy this taste of Bloomsday in Dublin and find out more about it via the James Joyce Center.

Yeatsday celebrates the life and work of Nobel laureate, poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) every year on 13 June. 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of Yeats' birth. A year-long worldwide programme of cultural and artistic events is currently underway to mark the occasion. Find out more about the events taking place in the U.S. via the Embassy website.

Thanks also to everyone who participated in our Bloomsday-Yeatsday art competition, we received some really beautiful and creative entries - Joyce and Yeats would be proud! We are pleased to announce that the winning design featured above is that of Barrie Maguire.