Our guide Joe in Dublin sent us this photo (right) a few weeks ago. I was remiss about getting it up on our site sooner (to better coincide with the January 6th date) but better late than never!
The photo, from the cover of the Irish Independent newspaper is of Joe sitting and reading in front of a famous Dublin literary landmark, Sweny’s Pharmacy. The 150 year old apothecary is featured in sumptuous detail in James Joyce’s Ulysses. In the photo, Joe is reading a copy of one of Joyce’s most famous short stories (almost a novella, really) entitled “The Dead.” The story, recognised as one of the most accomplished short stories in the English language, takes place on the evening of the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th, 1904, at a dinner party in Dublin’s Gresham Hotel.
In honour of this Irish masterpiece, Sweny’s and the Gresham Hotel teamed up on January 6th of this winter to host the first ever “Dead Dinner.”
If you’re traveling to Dublin, a bit of Joycean history is a must! Consider getting in touch with Joe the next time you’re there to learn more about this greatest of 20th century Irish writers.