James Joyce’s Dublin Walking Tour.
This walk around central Dublin brings you to over 20 sites associated with Joyce and the characters he created in his books – Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, assisted with relevant readings and pictorial aids.
The locations chosen will offer an insight into both Joyce’s life and times and pinpoint some of the actual places mentioned in his books. Short readings will capture events from his works including the stories ‘The Dead’ outside the Gresham Hotel, ‘Eveline’ looking to the Docklands, and the setting for ‘The Sisters’ in present day Parnell Street.
The walk will also partially retrace both Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom’s meanderings through the city on the 16th of June 1904. Locations visited will include the pub where Bloom ate his lunch and the chemist shop where he purchased the bar of “sweet lemony wax.”
The history and social life of Edwardian Dublin will be explained and Joyce’s relationship with Nora Barnacle explored. The street where they had their first encounter and the hotel where she worked will be visited as will the site of their important first date outside Oscar Wilde’s house.
Belvedere College where Joyce received his excellent education and nearby Eccles Street can be visited and his domestic life discussed.
The walk can conclude with an optional visit to The James Joyce Centre (last entry 4.30pm, closed Monday, admission fee) where further information and artifacts can be viewed including the front door of No. 7 Eccles Street, probably the most famous literary address in the world.