Here’s our new T-shirt! It was designed by Mitch, our volunteer from the States seen here with PJ. It’s an amazing design, all the more because Mitch is only 20 years old. Very Dali-esque. Very popular too, which is great. Well done Mitch!
Available in a beautiful light blue colour.
€25 for the T-shirt + €6.50 flat shipping rate per item.
Perfect gift for yourself – and your friend!
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Please send us whatever you can afford to keep us going by clicking on the donate button below.
We are very glad to announce that our fundraiser is gaining momentum.
Over the last three months, over 200 individuals have become patrons of Sweny’s to help us afford the doubled rent.
The average donation amount is €5.50 per patron and the total amount raised so far is about €1,100 per month.
These numbers represent the love and care which our followers have shown us. It is an achievement of which we are all very proud, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have shown their support so far.
Going forward, our goal is to reach €1,500 per month by Bloomsday so that the rent difference is fully covered. This means raising an additional €400 per month from small contributions. To this end, we continue to invite your readers to consider becoming a patron on our Patreon page.
The details of what we do at Sweny’s Pharmacy can be found from the link above. We are custodians of the little chemist shop where Leopold Bloom buys a bar of lemon soap in chapter five of Ulysses. As volunteers, we love meeting everyone who comes through the door, and together we can ensure that Joyce’s legacy continues to survive and thrive in the heart of Dublin.
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.
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.
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!