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Rostrevor hosts Ulysses centenary celebration

James Joyce, whose novel Ulysses continues to fascinate a century after its publication, will be celebrated in Rostrevor next week.

THE centenary of the publication of the 'world's greatest novel' - Ulysses by James Joyce - will be celebrated next Wednesday, February 2, in Rostrevor.

Rostrevor is mentioned in the novel as a place where Miss Douce, a barmaid at the Ormond Hotel in Dublin, comes on holiday.

Light Theatre Company has produced Bloomsday festivals in the Co Down village previously, and for this occasion has put together a special event including readings and drama.

To celebrate Rostrevor's link to Ulysses the Rostrevor Inn is hosting 'The Trial of Ulysses' written by Wolf Mankowitz and Seth Linder.

The short play which features Denis Tuohy, Sinéad Lunny, Donal O'Hanlon and Séan Treanor focuses on one of the world's most important obscenity trials.

The novel Ulysses was originally banned on its publication in 1922 in both the United States and Britain because of its content deemed obscene at that time.

And there will be songs and readings by Tommy Sands, Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland.

William Graham will introduce readings from the Irish Ambassador to United States, Daniel Mulhall.

Mr Mulhall has a new book out titled Ulysses - A Reader's Odyssey and will talk by video link from Washington about his lifelong interest in the great novel.

The Rostrevor Inn will also host an exhibition of the internationally celebrated work of the West Cork artist, John Kingerlee, featuring his 'destroyed' Ulysses book paintings.

As part of the Rostrevor Inn's regular songs and stories session, Matthew McGrath will host a free event in Crawford's Bar in the evening featuring songs and stories from the novel and the Church Café and Bistro will show the posters from the 2021 Rostrevor Bloomsday Festival.

:: The Centenary Celebration of Ulysses is at the Rostrevor Inn on Wednesday February 2 from noon to 3pm. Tickets, including buffet lunch, £12.50. More information and tickets: buytickets.at/lighttheatrecompany/637280.

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