For the second year in a row, Kennedy’s on Westland Row will be hosting a Bloomsday party in the pub on the morning of the 16th of June.
The event is being held in association with Sweny’s pharmacy, which is located across the road and features prominently in one passage of Ulysses. The pharmacy is still open today as a sort of mini museum where they have regular recitations of Ulysses.
Kennedy’s pub is mentioned in the book, as Conway’s pub.
Mr Bloom gazed across the road at the outsider drawn up before the door of the Grosvenor. The porter hoisted the valise up on the well. She stood still, waiting, while the man, husband, brother, like her, searched his pockets for change. Stylish kind of coat with that roll collar, warm for a day like this, looks like blanketcloth. Careless stand of her with her hands in those patch pockets. Like that haughty creature at the polo match. Women all for caste till you touch the spot. Handsome is and handsome does. Reserved about to yield. The honourable Mrs and Brutus is an honourable man. Possess her once take the starch out of her.
–I was with Bob Doran, he’s on one of his periodical bends, and what do you call him Bantam Lyons. Just down there in Conway’s we were.
Doran Lyons in Conway’s. She raised a gloved hand to her hair. In came Hoppy. Having a wet. Drawing back his head and gazing far from beneath his vailed eyelids he saw the bright fawn skin shine in the glare, the braided drums. Clearly I can see today. Moisture about gives long sight perhaps. Talking of one thing or another. Lady’s hand. Which side will she get up?
Actors, politicians and musicians will join the breakfast to recreate the scene of the summer morning chronicled by James Joyce in Ulysses set in Dublin on June 16th 1916. Guests can look forward to an authentic Calypso breakfast complete with the traditional fare of liver and kidneys. Actors Ciarán McMahon and Mary Ryan will be on-site to delight guests with performances, songs and readings from Ulysses while Rose Lawless Cabaret will transform into character as Molly Bloom. Additional entertainment will include live music and poetry readings by PJ Murphy of Sweny’s Pharmacy
Breakfast and guests from last years celebration.
We attended last year and had our first taste of liver and kidneys, and we have to say that we were converted! Ardal O’Hanlon was there, filming for a documentary that he was making.
Of all the goings on in Dublin on Bloomsday, we feel this is a real must see if you want a spot of breakfast and to hear some readings and performances, all in a comfortable setting that is part of the history of the city. Both the Greek and Cypriot ambassadors will be in attendance at the event, which starts at 10am on Friday.