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"Dublin's Joycean Pharmacy"

Sweny’s Pharmacy is featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses, and is described in sumptuous detail within the novel, a description which stands to this day. Today, Sweny’s is maintained by volunteers, dedicated to preserving the shop as it was in Joyce’s time. Here you will find a selection of second-hand books and the perfect location for daily readings of Joyce’s works. Not forgetting, of course, the lemon-scented soap that made the shop famous!
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“Mr Bloom raised a cake to his nostrils.  Sweet lemony wax.  - I’ll take this one, he said.” Ulysses, J. Joyce (1922)

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SWENYS is now a registered charity - number CHY 20955 - and operates as a not for profit organisation. We do not have any significant sponsorship.
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Whether you’re a Joycean novice or a scholar, hearing Joyce’s novels read aloud can bring the text to life in a new way and is considered by some as the best way to experience Joyce’s words.

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Built in 1847 as a GP’s consulting room and later adapted to include an apothecary and then a pharmacy, Sweny’s has altered very little since that day.

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