Blooming: Bruff prepares to celebrate Joyce

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Bloomsday celebrations in Bruff are to extend over two days this year due to the popularity of the annual event which celebrates the life of Irish writer James Joyce.

Bloomsday celebrations in Bruff are to extend over two days this year due to the popularity of the annual event which celebrates the life of Irish writer James Joyce.

A number of colourful events are planning for next Wednesday and Thursday, June 15, and 16 (Bloomsday) including street theatre and readings from the works of the famous writer.

There will be a premiere of original street drama by Mike Finn and acted by Myles Breen and Liam O’Brien of Bottom Dog Theatre.

The Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, Mark Patrick Hederman, will give the Bruff Bloomsday lecture. Michael Holohan ( Aosdana member), international composer, and Joycean will top the bill at an eve of Bloomsday Gala Performance with “Joyce on the Northside!”.

The concert will also include Cashel Cathedral Singers, Cairde Ceoil and singers and musicians Marjorie Nagle, Edel McEniry and John Clifford.

Mark Nagle, chairman of the combined parish councils of Bruff, Grange and Meanus said. “Bloomsday in Bruff is different to the normal festivals in rural areas. With plenty of fun events there is also an academic background each year for Joyce enthusiasts and it is developing each year. People do not have to travel to Dublin to celebrate the work of Joyce”.

A plaque will be unveiled at Clancy’s to commemorate the friendship between George Clancy, a native of Bruff Parish, and Mayor of Limerick (murdered by Black and Tans in 1921) and James Joyce.