NightTown – Dublin’s Delicious Underbelly

Do you know your half crowns from you two and six or your plug from your chaw? What about your Dan Bergins from your James Rourkes?

If so, or indeed if not, having a little knowledge about Ulysses, that incredibly big book written by James Joyce in the last century, can make Dublin a little more interesting and wondrous than many of you already know it to be…sure why else would you be coming?


“When pushed, the local ladies denied all responsibility for the street graffiti”

June the 16th, this year a Sunday, is every year the day that Dublin celebrates Ulysses, by commemorating various events that happen to the characters on that day in 1904, most particularly Leopold Bloom. Folk dress up in character and follow in the footsteps of Leopold bloom and others to the breakfast rooms and bars of inner city Dublin and beyond.

What Is Ulysses

Ulysses is essentially a day in the life of Leopold and we in Isaacs Hostel are proud to be doing our bit to help folk get, if not a better understanding of the thing at least a chance to take part in this celebration in advance of the day, by providing space for a reading of chapter 16 by The Bloomsday Survival Kit, a group that aims to bring Ulysses to the people.

On Tuesday evenings the 14th and 21st of May from 19:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs in Isaacs hostel there will be readings of this chapter (it’s a long one), the events of which occur all around our little hostel. This will be a bit of craic (not, we must stress, the type that may have been freely available in this area a hundred years ago), and you may even get the opportunity to read out a smidgeon of the chapter too, in or out of character.

Free coffee and dirty buns will be provided for everyone and all we ask is that you enjoy and learn a little about the book that you more than likely never read before… For further information on this event visit or follow them on Facebook (we do).

And for all things James Joyce go to to keep up to date on what is happening throughout the year in celebration of the man and his many works.