Friday 16th June 2023 - starts at 14:00

Visit the Princess Grace Irish Library to see this rare first edition of Ulysses. Our copy is numbered #312 out of 1,000 printed on handmade paper and published on 02/02/1922, not in Dublin but in Paris by Shakespeare and Company, an English-language book shop owned by American ex-pat Sylvia Beach. This year the library in Monaco had a reading from her autobiographical account of meeting James Joyce and agreeing the publish Ulysses - performance by actors from the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society.  

Award-winning Irish actor Barry McGovern enjoys perusing the first edition of Ulysses at the Princess Grace Irish Library in December 2022.

Bloomsday 2023 in Monaco - thank you to all! 

We enjoyed the traditional stroll around the Rock in Monaco to celebrate James Joyce's masterpiece 'Ulysses' with a fusion of dramatic readings and music performed by the talented actors from the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society . We also chatted with personalities in Dublin!

This year we had a link to The James Joyce Museum and spoke with Director Alice Ryan from the rooftop of the Martello Tower in Sandycove, where the first episode of Joyce's masteriece Ulysses is set. Listen below!


Listen to our chat below with several personalities in Dublin, including Catherine Martin, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, who were enjoying the annual Bloomsday breakfast at Cavistons Food Emporium, in the heart of Glasthule Village, close to Joyce's tower. Peter Caviston, is a much-loved personality, renowned for his entertaining Bloomsday celebrations,  re-enacting what Joyce's character Leopold Bloom ate on 16th June 1904. His daughter Lorraine joined us in Monaco (below left) with Paula Farquharson, Director, Princess Grace Irish Library.

Below: TV coverage by Monaco Info

Above: Jack Brady visiting from Dublin and Lorraine Caviston, a member of the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.

Below: Peter Caviston (right) of Caviston's Food Emporium with Mary Hanafin (front left), former Cathaoirleach (mayor) of Dún Laoghaire, county Dublin who spoke with the Princess Grace Irish Library for Bloomsday. They were joined by Catherine Martin, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (who is featured in the video)

Below Arabella Isca reads 'The Cat and the Devil' by James Joyce and teaches children about Bloomsday. Arabella borrowed the book from the Princess Grace Irish Library to read during her English lesson to children at the library in Menton. Thanks Arabella for your support and interest!

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