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Saturday 10 December 2016

City Blooms as Joyce fans turn out for annual bash

Tia Tilly from Berlinm, Conor Mulvagh from Donnybrook with Rory the shitsu fox terrier during Bizzare Bloomsday Brunch as part of the Bloomsday Festival on North Great Georges street, Dublin
Tia Tilly from Berlinm, Conor Mulvagh from Donnybrook with Rory the shitsu fox terrier during Bizzare Bloomsday Brunch as part of the Bloomsday Festival on North Great Georges street, Dublin
Sigita Titovaite from the City Centre during Bizzare Bloomsday Brunch as part of the Bloomsday Festival on North Great Georges street, Dublin
(L to R) Hannah Culkin from Galway & Aisling Egan Roscommon during Bizzare Bloomsday Brunch as part of the Bloomsday Festival on North Great Georges street, Dublin
Tadhg Casey from Kerry Sarah Ryan from Lucan during Bizzare Bloomsday Brunch as part of the Bloomsday Festival on North Great Georges street, Dublin

Bonkers Bloomsday fanatics began the James Joyce day celebrations in style in the city.

Stars such as Stephen Fry, Panti Bliss and Senator David Norris are taking part in the six-day festival to honour the Ulysses writer.

Yesterday the capital was taken over by conga-lines, impromptu theatre sessions and brunch on the street.

Mark Traynor of the James Joyce Centre said the Bloomsday Brunch on North Great George’s Street, now in its third year, allows more people to discover Joyce’s work.

“There’s a perception that Joyce is obscure and that people can only read his work if they have a PhD, which is not the case. This brunch celebrates ordinary people and gives a platform for them to understand Joyce,” he said.

President Michael D Higgins also hosted a garden party at Aras an Uachtarain.

The Bloomsday Festival kicked off on Thursday and will finish tomorrow.

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Sigita Titovaite from the City Centre during Bizzare Bloomsday Brunch as part of the Bloomsday Festival on North Great Georges street, Dublin

Boston actor Cathal Stevens performed on the front steps of houses along the street while Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy sang their way down the street dressed in 1900s fashion.

Tomorrow will see a talk between Senator David Norris and Stephen Fry.

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