Local retailers join forces with Bray Tourism each year to celebrate Bloomsday in Bray, the childhood home of James Joyce. Bloomsday in Bray celebrates the life and works of James Joyce – one of Ireland’s greatest writers! On the 16th June Bray turns back the clock to 1904 to celebrate with a range of cultural activities, including readings, dramatisations and general merriment. The event is now a major highlight in Bray’s Tourism Calendar.
James Joyce lived at No. 1 Martello Terrace, Strand Road, Bray from 1887 to 1891. The Christmas dinner scene in his novel ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ took place here. The terrace was built in 1860 and is one of Bray’s best preserved and most distinctive s
As this years event will be held on a Sunday the programme has had to be altered to to account for sunday trading hours.
The Programme for the day is as follows;
1030hrs Official opening at 1 Martello Tce Bray. The former home of James Joyce.
Readings, Songs and Stories from Joyce’s works, followed by a tour of the house, where the visitors are invited to sign the visitors book.
1130hrs The event then makes it’s way up theQuinsborough Road, visiting coffee shops an businesses along the way, as it makes it’s way to Hollands Public House for the official MidDay Brunch. Entertainment will be provided by actors and musicians and members of the public. Brunch, accompanied by a glass of Stout, will be hosted by Ann Marie Holland and costs a mere €5.
Midday Members of the Bloomsday in Bray cast, accompanied by musicians and singers will be performing on the steps of the church onBray Main Street.
1300hrs Although many will will be inHollands the Cast and crew will move from the Church Steps to Superquinn inCastle Street. Here they will be welcomed by Management and Staff, who will host a buffet for the audience, customers and friends of Superquinn to the backdrop of songs and stories and an open mic for Joyceans alike.
1400hrs we make our way to the Royal Hotel for afternoon tea and dance, where all will be entertained by a jazz quartet and followed by a very special presentation of the old music hall show, with mezzo (soprano) Dara MacMahon, joined by Paul Linehan, (tenner), who will be accompanied by Pauline Cooper on piano for of song and dance. until 1530hrs
1430hrs Bandstand Bray Seafront. Ireland’s oldest Brass Band, St James Brass Band (30 Pce) will perform from the repertoire. During the interval we will be once again be priviy to the golden voices of Dara MacMahon and Paul Linehan. The entertainment will come to a close circa 1730hrs.
1830hrs at 1745hrs all will make there way to the chamber of Bray Town Council for the official closing of Bloomsday in Bray 2013. After the closing speech there will be a play and a reading of the Final Chapter of Ulysses by our Guest of Honor.
Times may alter slightly. Celebrations will be supported Bray Vintage Car Club, who will provide vehicles and transport on the day.