Press Release: goes live!

May 4, 2016

In the countdown to the Bloomsday Festival 2016, the James Joyce Tower & Museum is launching a brand new website: will feature a slide show of beautiful shots of the Tower with quotes from Ulysses, visitor information, the Tower’s most colourful stories and anecdotes from over the years, plus a fascinating overview of its amazing history.

Also, Stephen Fry reveals why Ulysses is his favourite book of all time, and visitors can enjoy a Christmas special broadcast from the Tower in 2014 with Pat Kenny, plus a Morning Ireland feature on the re-opening of the Tower. There is also a further gallery of stunning images from in and around the Tower, and a host of other features.

The Martello Tower in Sandycove is the most iconic building in world literature. The opening episode of James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses opens on the roof of the Tower with one of the most famous lines in literary history, “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.” 

The Tower is the leading tourist attraction in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and welcomes over 35,000 visitors a year. Admission is free, as the Museum is staffed by a vibrant volunteer group, Friends of Joyce Tower Society, who saved the Tower from closure in 2012.

Martina Devlin wrote in the Irish Independent at the time: “Volunteers can’t solve all of Ireland’s problems, by any means, but there are areas where they can make a difference. This is one of them.”

We are also pleased to announce an exciting schedule of events for the highlight of the Joycean calendar – Bloomsday, and the Bloomsday Festival 2016, from June 11th to June 16th.