Sunday, 16 June, 2019
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Bloomsday, observed annually on 16 June, is the day James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" takes place in 1904. Named after Joyce's main character, "Bloomsday" is now a weeklong celebration that takes place in Dublin and all around the world to commemorate Joyce and his beloved works.

Never got around to reading Ulysses? 

TL;DR (Too long; didn't read?) Here's all you need to know...  Some of the novel's most famous lines are recited by Molly Bloom (Leopold’s wife) as she reminisces about their first meeting and his proposal [from the movie "Bloom" see below]: 

You may already be familiar with the Kate Bush song "The Sensual World" (accompanied by Davy Spillane on Uileann Pipes). Released in 1989, it was originally supposed to be Molly Bloom's speech (from the end of Ulysses) set to music. However, Bush altered the song because she could not secure the rights to use it.

Twenty years after her first request, the Joyce estate granted Bush a license to the material, and she re-recorded the song as "Flower of the Mountain" in 2011.

Hooked yet?

"Bloom" the award-winning film starring Academy Award® Nominee Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O’Conor and Patrick Bergin can be watched on

READ MORE: Ancestry of James Joyce