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Bloomsday event announcement

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a virtual Bloomsday celebration of the life and works of James Joyce with the help of a few very special guests.

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Joyce, observed annually on 16th June, the day his 1922 novel Ulysses takes place in 1904. It is the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle,and named after its protagonist Leopold Bloom.

Our host, writer Emma Dabiri will lead a chat about Joyce’s life and works including his magnum opus, Ulysses, while actors Adrian Dunbar, Denise Gough, Caoimhe O’Malley and Niall Buggy will be performing a series of readings written by or about Joyce. The event will also feature a musical performance from tenor Eamonn Mulhall and some opening remarks from Ambassador O’Neill.

Join us on Bloomsday, 16th of June from 8am (as Telemachus and Calypso would have it) below, on the DFA website or via our Youtube page.

 Special Guests

Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar is an Irish Actor, Screenwriter and Director. Adrian received a 1993 Best Original Screenplay BAFTA nomination for his film Hear My Song.  He also received a 2018 nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his notable role as Superintendent Ted Hasting in the BBC’s Line of Duty, a performance for which he was awarded Best Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Denise Gough

Denise Gough is an Irish actress, receiving honours for her performances on Television and on stage. In 2015 Denise won the Oliver Award for Best Actress for her performance in Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places and Things, which ran at the National Theatre in London. She later won a Second Oliver Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2018 for her performance in Angels in America.

Caoimhe O’Malley

Caoimhe O’Malley is an Irish Actress, and graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting – where she received the prestigious Gaiety Theatre Bursary. Caoimhe has been seen in BBC’s Dublin Murders and extensively on stage, where has most recently appeared in The Unmanageable Sisters by Deirdre Kinahan at the Abbey Theatre.

Niall Buggy

Niall Buggy is an Irish Actor who has worked extensively both on Screen and on Stage in Ireland, the UK and the US. He has performed on stage in Edna O’Brien’s play Haunted which ran in the West – End, and as the lead in Brian Friels’ Uncle Vanya for which he won an Irish Times Theatre Award. Niall has also appeared on screen in Mamma Mia and Father Ted.

Eamonn Mulhall

Eamonn Mulhall is an Irish tenor, His operatic engagements include Ramiro in La Cenerentola and Narraboth in Salome (Wexford Festival), and a staged Messiah, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and After Dido (English National Opera). Eamonn has also appeared frequently with the RTE Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.

Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri is a bestselling author, academic and broadcaster. She has published articles in a variety of outlets including the Guardian and Irish Times. Emma’s writing touches on pertinent issues such as race and inequality. Emma’s two books, Don’t Touch My Hair, which was published in 2019, and her new Book, What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition, offer thought provoking reflections on these issues. 

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