County Limerick town prepares for Bloomsday celebrations

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Donal Thurlow and Mary Harvey taking part in last years Bloomsday celebrations in Bruff
AN interesting blend of aspects of the work of James Joyce will feature at this year’s Bloomsday celebration in Bruff on June 16.

AN interesting blend of aspects of the work of James Joyce will feature at this year’s Bloomsday celebration in Bruff on June 16.

For the seventh year, the town will bring an eclectic and original approach to its celebration.

“There will be the usual readings from the works of Joyce, ranging from Portrait of the Artist of A Young Man to Finnegan’s Wake, with dramatic portrayals of some of the readings,” explained Donal Thurlow, organiser.

There will be the showing of a short film which is a modern interpretation of the short story, Two Gallants from Dubliners.

One interesting Limerick aspect is the link between Bruff and the city, and James Joyce and George Clancy, the mayor of Limerick murdered by the Black and Tans in 1920. Clancy was one of Joyce’s few close friends at UCD.

The festival starts with a re-enactment of a court case which dealt with whether James Joyce’s novel Ulysses was obscene. It was decided it was not. The reenactment will take place in the Old Court House in Bruff.

It was in this building that the right of the accused to have legal representation was established. John Pinschmidt, a published poet with Revival Press will take on the part Judge John M Woolsey.

Another published Limerick poet, Evelyn Casey will be reading from one of the most famous soliloquies in any novel. This is of course the tempestuous outpouring from Molly Bloom that brings Ulysses to a conclusion. Some important artefacts connected with both Joyce and Clancy will be on display in Bruff for the first time.

The proceedings begin at 11am at the old Courthouse in Bruff. There will be some interesting guest readers and actors on the day. There will of course be the usual and traditional Joycean breakfast, as well as a concert to bring the day to a close.