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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!
“Mr Bloom raised a cake to his nostrils.Sweet lemony wax.- I’ll take this one, he said.”
Ulysses, J. Joyce (1922)
A gallery of photo’s from Sweny’s was featured in the Irish Times.
We are also part of a promotional video for Discover Ireland.
Sweny’s is proud to be associated with
Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.