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June 16th is celebrated world-wide as Bloomsday and in Clonakilty, The pSoken Wrod and DeBarra’s Folk Club will be similarly remembering Ireland’s most influential poet and novelist, James Joyce. “Ulysses”, considered to be one of the most important works of modern literature, tells the story of one day in the life of Leopold Bloom, Thursday June 16th, 1904, the year Joyce met Nora Barnacle. The day was first celebrated in Ireland in 1954, the fiftieth anniversary of the first Bloomsday when writers Flann O’Brien and Patrick Kavanagh visited the various locations in Dublin mentioned in the book. The day is now remembered each year.

In Clonakilty, celebrations will begin outside the Post Office, Thursday June 16th, at 11.45 a.m. Suitably attired in period costume and straw boaters, if one wishes, the group will saunter down Pearse Street to DeBarra’s where a hearty, Joycean breakfast of blue cheese, liver, kidneys and such will be provided. There will be readings from “Ulysses” and amongst the readers will be Hennessy Award-winning poet, Afric McGlinchey and native Dub, the brainwave behind the day, poet Brendan McCormack. Print-outs of extracts from “Ulysses” will be available for those who wish to read a little Joyce, savouring extracts of the day, both literary and gastronomical.

De Barra’s itself has already won the James Joyce pub award as an “authentic Irish pub”, a plaque outside bearing the inscription, “A good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub.” The same might be said of Clonakilty.

The pSoken Wrod is indebted to O’Neill’s Butchers who are sponsoring the “breakfast.”

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