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James Joyce and the Mullingar Connection

James Joyce and the Mullingar Connection

Celebrate Bloomsday 2011 in Mullingar! 

Bloomsday in Mullingar  On 16th June, 2010 Mullingar celebrated its connection with a  world famous literary genius, James Joyce

 Bloomsday traditionally celebrated  by following the path of  famous character, Leopold Bloom around Dublin on the morning of the 16th of June is a world known literary  celebration of James Joyces epic novel “Ulysses”. Mullingar the county town of Westmeath curiously is the only other part of Ireland that James Joyce ever spent time in.  In 1900 his father Stanilaus was employed to sort out the electoral rolls in Westmeath and stayed at Levington House overlooking   Lough Owel where well known author JP Donleavy now lives.  The young James spent two summer vacations from University College Dublin in Mullingar in 1900 and 1901, where he stored away references and characters for his new style prose.

Bloomsday is celebrated around the world and last year celebrations highlighting Mullingar and the James Joyce connection were a great success. Events included a Bloomsday Walking Tour guided by historian Ruth Illingworth and in the company of a "James Joyce" character, Photographic and Collected Works of Joyce Exhibition at Mullingar Library, James Joyce Breakfast (including kidneys!) at the Greville Arms Hotel, “Beef to the Heel” lunch at Caffreys and Live Jazz Music in the Market Square.

 Bloomsday 2011 - Preparations are underway for the second year of events celebrating Mullingar and the James Joyce Connection.  Details will be uploaded shortly.    

"James Joyce" meets "Joe Dolan" James Joyce meets renowned singer Joe Dolan and two local ladies on the Market Square, Mullingar on Bloomsday 2010
2010 Bloomsday Walking Tour A guided Bloomsday Walking  Tour around Mullingar  was given by historian Ruth Illingworth accompanied by a "James Joyce" character
Bloomsday Live Jazz Music Live Jazz Music was provided by Mullingar and the James Joyce Connection band on Bloomsday 2010
Visiting the Joyce Exhibition in Mullingar Library A Photographic and Collected Works of Joyce Exhibition was on display in Mullingar Library to celebrate Bloomsday 2010
2010 Bloomsday Programme Preview 2010 Bloomsday Programme Preview
"James Joyce" outside the Greville Arms Hotel "James Joyce" poses in front of a vintage car outside the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar Bloomsday 2010



2010 Bloomsday Programme         

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