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Mattress Mick and Rebecca McQuire

Mattress Mick and Rebecca McQuire

John Shelvin

John Shelvin

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Aifric Wall

Aifric Wall

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Aifric Wall, Bloomsday

Aifric Wall, Bloomsday

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

David Norris and Panti Bliss

David Norris and Panti Bliss

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Mattress Mick and Rebecca McQuire

The straw boaters and blazers were out in force as James Joyce fans celebrated Bloomsday in the sunshine in Dublin.

Club owner and equality champion Panti Bliss was master of ceremonies at the Bloomsday readings that took place in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.

"I sort of forced myself in my 20s to open Ulysses with great trepidation because of its reputation," she told the Herald.

"But in fact it's not as difficult as a lot of people imagine."

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Aifric Wall

Aifric Wall

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

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Leading Joyce scholar David Norris, who was also in Meeting House Square, said interest in Bloomsday has grown enormously over the past 50 years.

"It's wonderful. It brings a great sense of joy," said the senator.