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Bloomsday takes place every year in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses’, 16th June 1904, which is the day he first met his wife Nora Barnacle in Ireland. This year we celebrate the centenary of the publication of Ulysses in 1922 and the PGIL has its first edition on display.

Bloomsday is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character and the novel chronicles Bloom’s adventures over the course of an ordinary day in Dublin. It was dubbed by America ex-pat Sylvia Beach, publisher of Ulysses in 1922 and owner of the English book shop in Paris 'Shakespeare & Company', which was frequented by James Joyce and other international writers.

This year we are planning two events.

Wednesday 15th June 

(the day before the official Bloomsday)

  • After lunch, dramatic readings from Ulysses and music by the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society performed from the balconies of the Princess Grace Irish Library and at various places on the Rock (details of exact start time to follow soon). Followed by refreshments at the library.
  • At 4pm (16h00) - A reading for children - Joyce's book 'Le Chat et le diable' at the Bibliothèque Princesse Caroline - in collaboration with the Médiathèque de Monaco.  Duration 30 minutes.

Accompanied by music on the bodhrán, you the audience will wander with us around 'The Rock' in Monaco, as the character in James Joyce's Ulysses, Leopold Bloom strolled the streets of Dublin. Like last year, we hope that you will join into the spirit of the event wearing hats and period costumes to add to the ambiance!

Pending permission, we will kick off in front of  the Princess Grace Irish Library with Ulysses 'reading stops', including the Place du Palais (in front of the palace).


A reading for children (in French) - Joyce's book 'Le Chat et le diable'

(a collaboration between la Médiathèque de Monaco and the Princess Grace Irish Library)

Un pont pour les habitants de Beaugency?  mais que leur en coûterait-il ?

"Pas un sou, dit le diable, tout ce que je demande, c'est que la première personne qui passera le pont m'appartienne."

Where: at the Bibliothèque Princesse Caroline

Date: 15th June 2022

Time: 4pm (16h00)

Duration: 30 minutes.

Age group: from 6 years old

To reserve a place: Tel +377 93 15 22 72

Free entry

Ulysses 100

The e-book was launched on 02.02.2022 at the CCI in Paris to celebrate the centenary of Ulysses.

It is available HERE with over 10 hours of enjoyment (readings, music, photos, videos etc)

copyright Gaelan Luci Palais Princier

"Among the literary treasures at the Princess Grace Irish Library is a first edition copy of Ulysses. Considered a masterpiece of modernism, “Among the literary treasures at the Princess Grace Irish Library is a first edition copy of Ulysses. Considered a masterpiece of modernism, this extraordinary book reflects Ireland’s reputation as a trailblazer in the world of literature. I believe that the legacy of groundbreaking works such as Ulysses facilitate a greater understanding of our past, present and future." - H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

« Parmi tous les trésors littéraires qui se trouvent à la Princess Grace Irish Library, il y a une première édition de Ulysses. Considéré comme un chef d’œuvre du modernisme, ce livre extraordinaire reflète la réputation de l’Irlande en tant que pays novateur dans le monde de la littérature. Je suis persuadé que l’héritage laissé par des ouvrages aussi fondateurs que Ulysses facilite une plus grande compréhension de notre passé, de notre présent et de notre futur."  -  S.A.S. le Prince Albert II

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