Watch out Dublin! You no longer have exclusive rights to Leopold Bloom! Today, on Bloomsday the 16th of June 2019, Bloom has turned up in Tralee, in the Kingdom of Kerry.
At midday, the savoury aroma of fried kidneys and Denny’s sausages tickled the nostrils of passersby as it wafted lazily from the open door of Madden’s Creative Hub in Milk Market Lane in Tralee’s Old Quarter.
Inside, many of the literati of the town, as well as actors, poets and other aspiring ne’er do wells, many in period attire, had gathered for the first ever public Bloomsday celebration in Tralee.
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Palates stimulated with kidney and sausage, the gathering heard the first readings from Ulysses before the motley group of Joyces, Blooms, Mollies and their entourage moved on to the second venue at An Shebeen Bar.
Later at the town park, more readings and ‘Gorgonzola and Burgundy’ before wandering on to the final venue of the evening, The Ballymac Bar. It was here that the longest reading of the day took place. This has recently become the a venue for bar theatre where many of today’s readers have strutted their stuff and where today’s main organiser, Frank Houlihan has staged some of his plays.
Here’s a short video posted by Tralee My Love:
Final stop of the Bloomsday celebrations is the wonderful Ballymac Bar! What a day folks, the first of many more to come in the Capital ❤️#traleemylove
Posted by Tralee My Love on Sunday, June 16, 2019
In all, there were about 25 readers for today’s maiden Bloomsday in Tralee.
A very welcome addition to the cultural life of the town even if Dubliners will be aghast that Bloom now has a slight touch of a Kerry accent!
Will Bloomsday in Tralee become an annual event? Molly says Yes! Yes! Yes!…..