To celebrate two of Ireland’s literary giants, the Embassy of Ireland hosted events in early June 2015 in Washington for Bloomsday, honouring James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, and Yeatsday, which marked the 150th anniversary of William Butler Yeats’ birth. It was an opportunity to mark these two occasions together and celebrate two great writers.
During the day time, the Embassy hosted a lunchtime event in Dupont Circle, which consisted of selected music and readings from both Yeats and Joyce. John Feeley, Ireland’s leading classical guitarist and Fran O’Rourke, a singer and professor of philosophy at University College Dublin performed a selection of music related to Joyce and Yeats. The event was widely successful and it was a pleasure to see so many participants dressed in period costumes, courtesy of the annual Washington DC Bloomsday Bike Rally who rode into the event.