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Bloomsday breakfasts, walks, talks and music celebrate Joyce’s iconic work | TheJournal.ie

Events have been taking place all week to commemorate Joyce’s most iconic work.



13th January - Died on this Day - 1941

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BLOOMS DAY CELEBRATIONS are already in full swing leading up to Monday.


There is a whole host of events taking place all over the country. There’s Bloomsday breakfasts, walks and talks.


Bloomsday is celebrated every June 16.


This day is of importance as the events in his most iconic book, Ulysses, takes place on 16 June 1904. However, over the years as the festivities grew in popularity events have been taking place for the whole week in the run up the Bloomsday.


Tell us the truth about the children dumped in Galway’s mass graves | Emer O’Toole | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Forget prayers. Only full disclosure by Ireland’s Catholic church can begin to atone for the children who died in its care


Sean Ross Abbey

Sean Ross Abbey, a home run by nuns in County Tipperary, from where 438 babies were secretly exported to the US for adoption. Photograph: Brian Lockier/www.adoptionrightsalliance.com


The bodies of 796 children, between the ages of two days and nine years old, have been found in a disused sewage tank in Tuam, County Galway. They died between 1925 and 1961 in a mother and baby home under the care of the Bon Secours nuns.


For those of you unfamiliar with how, until the 1990s, Ireland dealt with unmarried mothers and their children, here it is: the women were incarcerated in state-funded, church-run institutions called mother and baby homes or Magdalene asylums, where they worked to atone for their sins. Their children were taken from them.


According to Corless, death rates for children in the Tuam mother and baby home, and in similar institutions, were four to five times that of the general population.