A treasure trove of events will take place across Dublin to mark Bloomsday, celebrating James Joyce and one of the author’s greatest works, Ulysses.
President Michael D Higgins officially launched Bloomsday in Dublin and events honouring Joyce will take place throughout the day.
The epic story follows Leopold Bloom as he goes about his day in Dublin on 16 June 1904.
That day was Joyce’s first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.
It is the first Bloomsday since Joyce’s works passed out of copyright, marking a new era for biographers and scholars who are now free to publish him or parts of his work without the permission of the fiercely protective, and often litigious, Joyce Estate.
Meanwhile, Dublin Woollen Mills, which counted Joyce as a sales agent, will close its doors after 124 years today, Bloomsday.
Joyce sold Irish tweed to male pupils in Trieste, Italy, while he worked on Ulysses.