#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 14°C Thursday 24 June 2021

Get the last of the nutty gizzards...

Why sitting down to a feed of “inner organs of beasts and fowls” is now an essential part of the modern Joycean celebration.

Updated at 9.30am


It’s now an essential part of the modern-day celebration of Leopold Bloom’s fictional Dublin odyssey – and earlier this morning, hungry guests made their way to the James Joyce Centre on the city’s North Great George’s Street to partake in the traditional feast.

It’s an acquired taste, to say the least…

shutterstock_92438410 This man's just seen the menu... Source: Shutterstock/Everett Collection

Here’s what James Joyce made poor Leopold Bloom sit down to in Ulysses, before he began his busy day:

Mr. Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods’ roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.

Bloom, in other words, liked his offal. And while, admittedly, one man’s bacon is another man’s poison – there was no shortage of interest in this year’s breakfast event, in Dublin.

Diners were served “a traditional Irish breakfast in period costume with optional gruesome extras“. (It cost €30).

b5 Source: Bloomsday Festival

What is Bloomsday? 

2015’s events to celebrate James Joyce and his most famous character have been ongoing since last Thursday.

It’s marked every year around 16 June, as that’s the day the events of Ulysses were set (16 June 1904, to be precise). Chronicling Bloom’s day in Dublin, the novel features many well known places like Sandycove Martello Tower, Westland Row, and Davy Byrne’s Pub.

Festivals and events have sprung up over the years around the featured locations and are a great way to spend some time when Bloomday celebrations are taking place. Details of the rest of the day’s big events can be viewed on the Bloomsday Festival website (screengrab below)

And arguably the highlight of this year’s celebrations takes place this evening, as the Joycean’s Joycean, Senator David Norris, sits down for a chat with Stephen Fry in Joyce’s own alma mater, Belvedere College.

bloom3 Source: Bloomsday Festival

Read: David Norris undergoes successful liver transplant, but is still “a bit feeble”

Read: 11 people who haven’t read Ulysses either

About the author:

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel