Bloomsday 2017 was a hit!

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s festival a Joy(ce)ful week!

2018 Festival Bloomsday Montréal set for June 13-16

“These heavy sands are language tide and wind have silted here.”

James Joyce

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. We are all born mad. Some remain so. You’re on earth. There’s no cure for that.”

Samuel Beckett

“Read your own obituary notice they say you live longer. Gives you second wind. New lease of life.”

James Joyce

The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.”

Maria Edgeworth

“We are all the heroes and heroines of our own lives. Our love stories are amazingly romantic; our losses and betrayals and disappointments are gigantic in our own minds.”

Maeve Binchy

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2017 Festival Bloomsday Montreal Opening Event

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Festival Bloomsday Montréal Video & Media

With Love From Dublin: Bloomsday Montréal Greeting

In 2016 Montreal’s Mayor Coderre declared Montreal and Ireland as ‘twin cities’. In this spirit of fellowship the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Dublin City Council, have gifted us at Festival Bloomsday Montréal 2017 with this lovely video greeting.

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Dublin dehors

Plusieurs vous diront que de marcher dans la ville de Dublin sur les pas de Léopold Bloom vous permettra de découvrir cette cité dans la version de Joyce. Je leurs rappellerai que Dublin appelle à la déambulation naturellement avec les canaux et les rivières qui se jettent dans le fleuve Liffey, avec les immeubles construits en granite dont les portes présentent le style Georgien à son meilleur.

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New Smash Hit Play in London’s West End: The Ferryman

The Ferryman is set on the 50-acre Irish family farm of Quinn Carney, and tells the story of an extended family celebrating the annual harvest in 1981 (an important year in Ireland’s contemporary history). It is an epic story of love, family and betrayal, exploring the intersection of the politics of the day with the private life of one family on a farm.

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Grosse-Île: The Musical – Inspired by Local Quebec City Historian

Grosse-Île: The Musical was created by Margaret Forrest, John Halpin and Hubert Radoux. It is about the resilience of the Irish and French-Canadian people during the ‘summer of sorrow’ in 1847. The musical narrative recounts the story of this tragic time, during which five thousand immigrants died at the Grosse Île quarantine station near Quebec City.

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Ciné Gael Special Screening: Famine Irish

The documentary Famine Irish by Kevin Moynihan was screened on Wednesday, September 13, at Hurley’s Irish Pub by Ciné Gael. Drinks and a selection of finger foods were on offer and after the showing a Q and A was conducted with Mr. Moynihan and other key players such as Victor Boyle and Fergus Keyes, who are active in the Irish Monument Foundation.

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A Week at the Trieste Joyce School

I spent a week studying at the Trieste Joyce School in the summer of 2017 and I loved every minute of the experience. All in all, it was an incredible learning experience that allowed me to understand Joyce better, and in turn, enjoy his work more thoroughly. Trieste and the Joyce School added depth to my understanding of Joyce and motivated me to continue in my research.

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