Bloomsday 2019

Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire.

The Museum of Childhood Ireland’s Bloomsday Talk 2019. 

‘Joyce, Childhood and Dublin: ‘a new and complex sensation’ (P 66)’ with 

Dr Anne Marie D’Arcy

Date: June 15th. 


Location: Dún Laoghaire suite at the Royal Marine Hotel.

The event is moderated by Majella McAllister, Director, the Museum of Childhood Ireland.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Anne Marie D’Arcy to give the Museum of Childhood Ireland’s Bloomsday talk.

Don’t forget too that Museum of Childhood Ireland will host the annual Bloomsday Celebration with a creative writing, art workshop and competition at 94, Lower Georges St., Dún Laoghaire, from 10am to 5pm on June 16th – Bloomsday. Tutors/facilitators Miki, Rahime and Hilary will be on hand to help with crafting your story/art.

Refreshments will be served.

The theme for 2019 is ‘Walk With Me Today’

We have lovely prizes for participating children, sponsored by Easons, Dún Laoghaire and the Museum.


Thank you and congratulations to all the wonderful children who took part.

Our five highlighted finalists for this year are:

Sara, age 10, Stepaside

Alonso, age 6, Blackrock

Gabby, age 15, Killiney

Anna, age 9, Dún Laoghaire

Austin, age 17, Glasthule

“Joyce passed the sunshine days of his childhood in ‘Grander suburbia’ (FW 309.9): from the earliest residences of Rathgar and Rathmines, which were superseded by 1 Martello Terrace, Bray, followed by 23 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock.  But then came ‘the sudden flight from the comfort and revery of Blackrock’ to ‘the gloomy foggy city’, which proved ‘a new and complex sensation’ (P 66). This lecture focusses on how this downward trajectory affected him as a child and how this experience is reflected in all of his major prose works, from Stephen Hero (1904-6), Joyce’s early version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which only survives in fragmentary form, to Finnegans Wake (1939). “

Anne Marie D’Arcy is Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Language at the University of Leicester. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Visiting Research Fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She has published a number of articles on Joyce’s treatment of such topics as libel law, Freemasonry, medieval Irish placelore, Dublin’s water supply, anti-Semitism, medieval Irish and ‘Araby’ as a grail quest. She co-curated the Marsh’s Library exhibition ‘James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile’ and is currently completing Joyce and the Irish Middle Ages: Saints, Sages, and Insular Culture, which is the first monograph devoted to Joyce’s engagement with Ireland during the medieval period.

There is no entrance fee for this lecture but booking is essential. 

To book your place/s text Joyce 2019 and your details, ticket quantity and any requirements to 087 681 6760 or to mmcallister@museumofchildhood.

An amazing lecture and Q&A this evening in Dún Laoghaire on Joyce and Childhood with Dr Anne Marie D’Arcy. 

Irish history, culture, literature and Joyce, deftly woven together in a magical lecture. A wonderful evening. We cannot wait until the next one!

Joyce, Childhood and Dublin: ‘a new and complex sensation’

The Bloomsweek Lecture, Museum of Childhood Ireland, 15th June 2019

Dr Anne Marie D’Arcy, University of Leicester

1. ‘blue dome’ (U 7.1011) of the church of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

2. ‘the church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar’ (U 17.545-6)

3. ‘brighton Brayhowth’ (FW 448.18-20) 

4. ‘I let faireviews in on slobodens but ranked rothgardes round wrathmindsers’ (FW 181.35-6)

5. ‘Rathgarries’ (FW 619.6)

6. ‘embaraced Vergemout Hall’ (FW 354.17-18)

7. ‘The right honourable Hedges Eyre Chatterton’ (U 7.265)

8. ‘Old Chatterton’ …‘Close on ninety they say.  Subleader for his death written this long time perhaps.  Living to spite them’ (U 7.262-4).

9. ‘Terrible tragedy in Rathmines!  A child bit by a bellows!’ (U 7.969)

10. ‘Grander suburbia’ (FW 309.9)

11. ‘Farnum’s rath’ to ‘Condra’s ridge or the meadows of Dalkin or Monkish tunshep’ (FW 532.12-13)

12. ‘Kingstown and Dalkey line’ (D 176)

13. ‘Thon’s the dullakeykongsbyogblagroggerswagginline (private judgers, change here for Lootherstown!  Onlyromans, keep your seats!)’ (FW 582.32-4).

14. ‘Ailesbury road, Clyde road’ and ‘Northumberland and Lansdowne roads’ (U 8.708-9; 10.1277-8)

15. Including ‘a publican’ yet excluding the ‘good honest bricklayer’ (D 121)

16. ‘like Saurin’s father and Nasty Roche’s father’ (P 26)

17. The ‘solemn time’ when Joyce’s great grand-uncle ‘had presented an address to the liberator’ (P 26).

18. The rector of the college was not only in a position to know who ‘will get that job in the corporation’, but to ‘get you a position’ (P 71).  

19. ‘three generations since O’Connell’s time’ (U 2.269)

20. ‘those tinkers in the city hall’ … ‘shoneens that can’t speak their own language’ (U 12.1181, 680-1).  

21. ‘pensioner out of the collector general’s, an orangeman Blackburn does have on the registration and he drawing his pay’ (U 12.1589-91).  

22. ‘Old Dan O’ ’ (U 6.643).  

23. ‘the language question’ … ‘take precedence of the economic question’ (U 8.466-7)

24. ‘Damned Irish language, language of our forefathers’ … ‘Hell open to christians’ (U 10.1006-12).

25. ‘redheaded curates from the county Leitrim, rinsing empties … Then, lo and behold, they blossom out as Adam Findlaters or Dan Tallons’ (U 4.126-8)

26. ‘Adam Findlater, a man of estimation’ (FW 558.10)

27. ‘bonders and foeburghers’ (FW 543.19)

28. ‘Hasn’t the working-man as good a right to be in the Corporation as anyone else – ay, and a better right than those shoneens that are always hat in hand before any fellow with a handle to his name?’ (D 121)

29. ‘trueblues’ (FW 542.3)

30. ‘Timothy Harrington, late thrice Lord Mayor of Dublin’ (U 15.1377-8)

31. ‘watcher of the corporation stones’ (U 16.942-3)

32. ‘land flowing with milk and money’ (U 14.377)

33. ‘Blackrock, Kingstown and Dalkey, Clonskea, Rathgar and Terenure, Palmerston Park and upper Rathmines, Sandymount Green, Rathmines, Ringsend and Sandymount Tower, Harold’s Cross’ (U 7.2-4).  

34. ‘Pembroke township’ (U 10.1274)

35. ‘the guardians of the law were well in evidence, the obvious reason being they were paid to protect the upper classes’ (U 16.80-2).  

36. ‘Bloomville, Dundrum’ (U 17.1613)

37. ‘hot and cold supply, reclining and shower … water closet on mezzanine provided with opaque singlepane oblong window, tipup seat, bracket lamp, brass tierod and brace, armrests, footstool and artistic oleograph on inner face of door: ditto, plain: servants’ apartments with separate sanitary and hygienic necessaries for cook, general and betweenmaid’  (U 17.1539-44).

38. ‘glass summerhouse with tropical palms’ … ‘rockery with waterspray’ … ‘lawnsprinkler with hydraulic hose’ (U 17.1552-4, 1572).  

39. ‘quiet darkenings of Grand and Royal’ (FW 37.19-20)

40. ‘balltossic stummung’ … ‘allwhite poors guardian’ (FW 187.2-4)

41. ‘before the houses were open’ (D 122-3)

42. ‘the relix of oll decency’ (FW 340.15)

43. ‘a big ratepayer’ … ‘extensive house property in the city and three places of business’ … ‘a Poor Law Guardian’ …  ‘he doesn’t belong to any party, good, bad, or indifferent’ (D 112).

44. ‘aged impotent disfranchised ratesupported moribund lunatic pauper’ (U 17.1947)

45. ‘Poor Parnell! … My dead king!’ (P 39)

46. ‘the sudden flight from the comfort and revery of Blackrock’ … ‘the gloomy foggy city’ … ‘a new and complex sensation’ (P 66)

47. ‘Councillor Joseph P. Nannetti, M.P., Rotunda Ward, 19 Hardwicke street’ (U 17.601-2)

48. ‘coming out of Hardwicke lane … knew him by his gaiters and the walk and when I turned round a minute after just to see there was a woman after coming out of it too some filthy prostitute then he goes home to his wife after that’ (U 18.1420-5).

49. ‘a kip in Hardwicke street’ (U 12.399)

50. ‘unfurnished room of his first residence in Dublin, number thirteen Fitzgibbon street’ (U 17.138-9)

51. ‘jostled by drunken men and bargaining women, amid the curses of labourers, the shrill litanies of shop boys who stood on guard by the barrels of pigs’ cheeks, the nasal chanting of street singers, who sang a come-all-you about O’Donovan Rossa, or a ballad about the troubles in our native land.  These noises converged in a single sensation of life for me: I imagined that I bore my chalice safely through a throng of foes’ (D 21-2).

52. ‘North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brother’s School set the boys free’ (D 20).

53. ‘A band of satchelled schoolboys crossed from Richmond street. All raised untidy caps. Father Conmee greeted them more than once benignly. Christian brother boys’ (U 10.76-8).

54. ‘Christian brothers be damned! said Mr Dedalus. Is it with Paddy Stink and Micky Mud’ (P 71)

55. ‘fair home overcrowded, tidy but very little furniture, respectable’ …  ‘lost in dirt and blocked with refuse,’ … ‘nightsoil has to be removed through snoring household’ … ‘dilapidating ashpits’ (FW 543.22, 32-3; 544.7, 13-14)

56. ‘the odour of ashpits and old weeds and offal’ (LI 64)

57. ‘the blood of squashed lice’ (U 1.269)

58. ‘Allalivial, allalluvial’ (FW 213.32)

59. ‘obedient of civicity,’ if not ‘at felicity’ (FW 277.8)

60. ‘Mr Healy the lawyer’ (U 14.494)

61. ‘would take a township’s breath away’ (FW 95.12-13)

62. ‘that most obedient city’ (U 12.1185)

63. ‘with a bitter milk,’ not charity: ‘And thou hast left me alone for ever in the dark ways of my bitterness: and with a kiss of ashes hast thou kissed my mouth’ (U 14.1436-7; 378-80)

64. ‘Waters: bitter death: lost’ (U 3.330)

65. She is drowning.  Agenbite.  Save her.  Agenbite.  All against us.  She will drown me with her, eyes and hair.  Lank coils of seaweed hair around me, my heart, my soul.  Salt green death.  


Agenbite of inwit.  Inwit’s agenbite.  

Misery!  Misery!  (U 10.875-80)

66. ‘the waters of civic finance’ (U 17.983-4)

And don’t forget that tomorrow, Bloomsday itself, we will continue our tradition of reading from Joyce’s work for young and old by the museum team and friends, with Writing and Art workshops throughout the day, at 94, Lower Georges St, Dún laoghaire. Do dress up and join us again this year if you are free. We’ve some great prizes to distribute. Tea, juice and cake will be served!

Majella McAllister: