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Bloomsday

'And then a rocket sprang and bang': We asked David Norris to read his favourite section of Ulysses

Happy Bloomsday.

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THE ANNUAL JUNE celebration of James Joyce’s most famous character culminates tomorrow with the day-long Bloomsday celebrations.

The modern-day marking of Leopold Bloom’s fictional 1904 Dublin odyssey kicks off at 8am with the first of several sittings of the traditional Bloomsday breakfast (get the last of the nutty gizzards, etc) on North Great George’s Street.

Later on, the main event of the day happens at Wolfe Tone Square on Jervis Street where the likes of Tara Flynn, Gerry Stembridge and (of course) Senator David Norris will take part in an afternoon of readings and performances.

We caught up Senator Norris earlier this week and asked him to read us one of his favourite sections of Ulysses. The veteran Joycean scholar obliged, giving a typically dramatic interpretation of the text.

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