Dear Dubliners/Dublin lovers!
As you can see on the bottom right of the blog page, Dublin Little Less Ordinary has joined facebook! I hope it attracts more viewers and make Dublin even more famous around the world!
It seems to be working great, because in no time it got me in touch with a fine Dubliner that provided me with some splendid blog material. Here’s a message that I got from mr John F. Shevlin:
In real life I am a milliner. My late father started a hat factory in Malahide, Co. Dublin in 1960. My role as “James Joyce” started with the manager of the James Joyce Centre asked me if I would be James Joyce for the launch of One City One Book “Dubliners” at the Mansion House with the then Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague and author John Boyne. (It is odd that I live right opposite the James Joyce Centre!) I was then asked to be James Joyce for 2013 presidential launch of Bloomday with Michael D Higgins. I later played the same role for the DAA (Dublin Airport Authority) sponsors of The Dublin Theatre Festival which featured the play “Dubliners”. Last November I again played the role of Joyce for the Dutch Ambassador’s tulip planting of the James Joyce image in the Botanic Gardens. We hope to repeat same when the flowers bloom, which should be soon. They are late because of the bad weather this year. All of the “Joycean” events have been featured on RTE news and in the national press, and even as far as Peru! As a milliner I am in the process of designing and producing a James Joyce straw boater.
For more photos of John as James Joyce, please visit his website photo album:
This year’s Bloomsday will take place from Jun 9th to Jun 15th in Dublin.