Irish Echo, June 20, 2007, Page 25

Irish Echo clipping July 2-8, 2008, page 20

At the Bloomsday celebrations at Ulysses Bar in Stone Street in the historic district on Saturday were novelist Colum McCann, actress Aedín Moloney and Black 47 frontman Larry Kirwan.

They were joined by Rogues March lead singer Joe Hurley in al fresco readings from what is often considered the greatest work of Irish modern literature.

The adventures of Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom, and Stephen Dedalus were also celebrated in the Symphony Space on Broadway on June 16th with a marathon, 12-hour show inspired by Ulysses. Among those taking to the boards to reenact the Joycean epic were Frank McCourt, John Tighe, Frank Delaney, and Adam Harvey. The event culminated with The Full Molly, a three-hour reading by Hollywood actress Fionnula Flanagan of the salacious Penelope episode.

The 26th successive Bloomsday on Broadway at the Symphony Place also showcased the world premiere of The Antient Concert, a new opera by Paul Muldon and Daron Hargen.

Danny McDonald, co-proprietor of Ulysses and a native of Co Laois, says the celebrations coincided with the fourth birthday of his Stone Street establishment. "Ulysses opened on Bloomsday and this is our way of giving a little back to our customers and celebrating the book," he said. "When my business partner, Peter Poulakokos (son of the Harry Poulakokos of Harry's Bar fame) came to me with the idea of opening an Irish bar, I thought what better idea could there be than Greece meeting Ireland and Homer meeting Joyce in the story of Ulysses."

Mr. McDonald, who is among that intrepid band who can claim to have actually read Ulysses, says he didn't really 'get' the epic until he came to the design of his bar. "When I had to do a mural of the journey across Dublin on June 16 1904, I had to use maps and old photographs and for the first time, I really started to take it more seriously."

Despite being viewed as one of the most influential books of the 20th century, Joyce's opus is ranked at just the 28,212th place on the bestseller list. Courtesy of pre-sales, prime position on the bestseller table goes to that 21st century odyssey, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) - a title which is not yet even in the shops.