Sara Keating: Day immortalised in Ulysses blossoms into boundless celebration at Bloomsday Festival

Highlight of this year’s Bloomsday Festival is a revival of CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s multisensory Go to Blazes, and Joyce himself would be delighted with the varied programme on offer

CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s Go to Blazes: stands alone as a piece of art as well as a tribute

Half a century after Leopold Bloom set off on his journey across Dublin city, a group of Joycean acolytes made their own pilgrimage in the infamous character’s footsteps. If poet Patrick Kavanagh and satirist Brian O’Nolan were not formally influenced by James Joyce’s modernism, they certainly looked to the exiled writer for a model of literary life: alcoholic excess was the order of the day. Their celebratory escapades are the stuff of legend – although ...