What a Bloomsday
Just a quick post to say what a great day we had last Saturday for Bloomsday, celebrating James Joyce, Ulysses and getting acquainted with the Irish Sea in Sandycove.
Things were happening all over the city, but only in Sandycove can you embrace the culture and go in for a refreshing dip in the ocean. The main street was full of music, costumes with young and old defying the showers. You could have sworn you were back in early 20th century Dublin. Many shops had Joyce’s voice reciting parts of the book through speakers onto the street.
After a quick pint in the infamous Fitzgeralds pub, which was full of Joyce fans in costume singing, we took advantage of a break in the weather and went down to Martelo Tower and braved a swim in the Forty Foot. It was just myself and Isabella from Brazil at first, but soon more followed. After the initial heart attack, it was a really pleasurable swimming experience.
After some food and a pint we took in some scenery and even a pod of dolphins were spotted. There is a resident pod in Killiney all year round. Roll on Bloomsday 2013!