Bloomsday at Sweny’s

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend.

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The first known celebration of Bloomsday in Ireland was in 1954, when writers Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien visited several locations from the novel, including 7 Eccles Street, Leopold Bloom’s home.

On Bloomsday itself, Joyce fans dress in Edwardian costume to conjure up the atmosphere of the period in which Ulysses was set. Fans follow the route around Dublin taken by Bloom and usually have a breakfast of sausages, beans, black and white pudding and toast at some stage along the way.

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Sweny’s pharmacy is famously featured in the fifth episode of Joyce’s Ulysses, known as the ‘Lotus Eaters’ episode. Sweny’s opens its doors to welcome people on their Bloomsday adventure. Wait by the counter like Leopold Bloom, absorbing the authentic atmosphere. Watch the chemist at work with his herbs and ointments amongst all his alabaster lilypots. Pick up a bar of lemon soap that you can carry with you all day, just like Poldy. Get involved in a reading from Ulyssses, enjoy a cup of tea and share epic tales about your own life. You might even get the chance to join in an Edwardian singsong! There will be merriment in this hidden Joycean gem throughout the day and into the evening, so just come along whenever you like!

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Guests at The Dead Dinner 2016

The Dead Dinner 2016

CELEBRATING JAMES JOYCE’S “THE DEAD”

Old Wynn's

Put Wednesday 6th January 2016 in your diary.

Sweny’s Chemist invite you to join us for an evening of Edwardian splendour, as we celebrate James Joyce’s classic short story The Dead.

We’ll be dancing, speechifying, tucking into a splendid meal and enjoying being entertained – as well as entertaining ourselves.

WYNN’S HOTEL, MIDDLE ABBEY STREET

7pm Pre-Dinner Entertainment         8.30pm Sharp Dinner

Menu: as detailed by Mr James Joyce

Dress: Period or formal

Tickets €60 – Available from Sweny’s Pharmacy

(A large proportion of the ticket price goes to funding our endeavours at 1 Lincoln Place.)

For tickets by post, or further information, contact
Joe at josdarcy(at)gmail.com or 086 218 0357

ADMISSION IS BY TICKET ONLY

The event is on facebook at this link facebook_icon

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The Dead Dinner 2015

CELEBRATING JAMES JOYCE’S “THE DEAD”

Guests at The Dead Dinner 2016

JANUARY 6TH 2015

WYNN’S HOTEL, MIDDLE ABBEY STREET

7pm PRE-DINNER ENTERTAINMENT

8.30pm DINNER

Menu: as detailed by Mr James Joyce

Dress: Period or formal

TICKETS €60 – Available from Sweny’s Pharmacy

for tickets by post, or further information, contact
Joe at josdarcy(at)gmail.com or 086 218 0357

ADMISSION IS BY TICKET ONLY

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Bloomsday 2014

Bloomsday 2014 at Swenys

Annual Fundraiser

Monday 16th June ~ Bloomsday
Supper at 6pm

Venue: United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam St, Dublin 2

Singing before, during and after Supper

Bloomsday at Swenys

Entry by ticket only, FULLY BOOKED!!

Bloomsday 2014 at Swenys

Bloomsday 2013

FRIDAY 14th JUNE

12.30pm Freemasons Hall, Molesworth St
James Joyce’s Freemasonry
a talk by Des Gunning – admission free,
Booking to swenyspharmacy@gmail.com
Retiring collection in aid of Swenys

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 7.30pm
United Arts Club, 3 Upr Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2
Joycean evening featuring
an adaptation of
A Mother and Songs of Joyce
Tickets essential €15 from Swenys or to swenyspharmacy@gmail.com

Bloomsday 2014 at Swenys

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SATURDAY 15th JUNE

Swenys will be open all day for the sale of lemon soap

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SUNDAY 16th JUNE

Swenys is open all day.
Performances from 1 o’clock to 5 o’clock
in Kennedys (opposite Swenys) starting with
Rose Lawless as Molly at 1.15
Admission free.

Join a Reading Group of Ulysses in Kennedys snug
€5 donation
can be booked online atswenyspharmacy@gmail.com

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SWENYS DOES BLOOMSNIGHT

in Kennedys
Starts at 7pm, an action packed Joycean evening with performances, recitations and lots of singing.
Admission €15 to include a bowl of stew, can be booked online at
swenyspharmacy@gmail.com

BloomsNight 2014 at Swenys

New International Readings!

We have added new readings to our International Readings section.

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今、私たちは、日本からの読書を持っている
Nå har vi en lesning fra Norge
Ora abbiamo una lettura da Italia.
现在我们有一个来自中国的读书。
We now have a new reading from the USA
Ahora tenemos una nueva lectura desde España
Сега имаме четене от България.
Vi har nu en ny läsning från Sverige
Wir haben jetzt eine neue Lesart aus Deutschland
Ahora tenemos lecturas en Español.
Теперь у нас есть показания на Pусском языке.
우리는 지금 한국어 판독이있다.
Ara tenim lectures en Català.
Temos, agora, leituras em Português do Brasil.
Avem acum lecturi în limba Română.
Nous avons maintenant des lectures en Français.

Please visit our Page HERE and enjoy listening 😛

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New Videos

We have just uploaded two videos from the talented Ailbhe O’Donnell.
Why not visit our Video Page and check them out?AOD_Video

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A Dubliner’s Tale

We are pleased to announce that video is now available on our site.

As a beginning we have made available ‘ULYSSES: A Dubliner’s Tale’.

We hope that you enjoy it!!Cover_Ulysses

Ulysses in Chinese!!

Have you seen our new Audio files Page? We have a great selection of sample readings.

We hope to build on this so if you know someone who speaks another language, other than English, fluently why not get in touch and we will arrange to set up a recording.

Our audio files are located in our International Readings section.

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New Site Online

Welcome to Sweny’s.

This is our developing website where we will hope to include Audio and Video of events in and relating to Sweny’s Pharmacy and James Joyce here in Dublin, Ireland.

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