Today (June 16th) is Bloomsday.
Bloomsday is a celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived.
Bloomsday was actually invented in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the events in the novel, when John Ryan and the novelist Flann O’Brien organised what was to be a daylong pilgrimage along the Ulysses route.
The day involves a range of cultural activities including Ulysses readings and dramatisations, pub crawls and other events, much of it hosted by the James Joyce Centre in North Great George’s Street – which is just down the road from Alpha College.
For more information about Bloomsday, please visit the James Joyce Museum’s information section: http://www.jamesjoyce.ie/listing.asp?id=29